On June 17, 1972, police caught five men breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. So how did a “third-rate burglary” escalate into a near constitutional crisis?
It was on this day in 1974 that the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a fatal blow to President Richard Nixon’s presidency, in a decision that led to the release of the Watergate tapes.
After being impeached, President Andrew Johnson survived his 1868 Senate trial by just one vote. And to this day, how that vote was cast remains shrouded in controversy.
Here is a round-up of the latest from the Battle for the Constitution: a special project on the constitutional debates in American life, in partnership with The Atlantic.
The House of Representatives adopted an article of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump on Wednesday, setting in motion a Senate trial to consider the president’s removal from office and his disqualification from future federal office.
The expected impeachment proceedings on Wednesday against President Donald J. Trump will surface one of the Constitution’s most arcane questions: Can a federal official be removed from office if he’s already left the building?
Now that the House of Representatives has impeached President Donald J. Trump for alleged high crimes and misdemeanors, proceedings will shift to the Senate, which has the “sole Power to try all Impeachments” under Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution.
The House of Representatives adopted two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday evening, setting in motion a Senate trial to consider the President’s removal from office.
The House Judiciary Committee has introduced a resolution proposing two articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump. The unexpected element is how narrowly focused the articles are.
From the debates of the Founders in Philadelphia in 1787 to today’s congressional impeachment inquiry aimed at President Donald Trump, the American government has never resolved a constitutional dilemma: how can the presidency be made powerful enough at the same time that it is made genuinely accountable?