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The Third Impeachment Article: Congressional Bootstrapping


William W. Van Alstyne


Duke University School of Law; William & Mary Law School

1974

American Bar Association Journal, Vol. 60, No. 10, p. 1190, 1974
William & Mary Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09-190

Abstract:     
Despite popular opinion at the time, this article argues that Congress did not have the authority to decide the constitutionality of President Nixon's actions under the third article of impeachment raised against him, which regarded his rejection of the subpoenas issued by the House Judiciary Committee. This paper reasons that to hold otherwise effectively allows Congress to use the impeachment power as a means to define the limits of the Executory Branch in whatever way Congress sees fit.

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Keywords: Nixon, Watergate, president, impeachment

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Date posted: December 10, 2011  

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Van Alstyne, William W., The Third Impeachment Article: Congressional Bootstrapping (1974). American Bar Association Journal, Vol. 60, No. 10, p. 1190, 1974; William & Mary Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09-190. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1970317

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William W. Van Alstyne (Contact Author)
Duke University School of Law ( email )
Box 90360
Duke School of Law
Durham, NC 27708
United States
William & Mary Law School ( email )
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Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
United States
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