The Third Impeachment Article: Congressional Bootstrapping
American Bar Association Journal, Vol. 60, No. 10, p. 1190, 1974
5 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2011
Date Written: 1974
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.
Keywords: Nixon, Watergate, president, impeachment
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