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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Does the Road to Impeachment Run Through Montpelier? 

Theoretically (for now), how might a Republican President - and serial criminal - get impeached when his own party holds a majority in the House of Representatives? Kagro X at The Next Hurrah has the answer:
The legislature of any state or territory may transmit charges to the Congress and recommend impeachment.

Now, to be sure, there is nothing that forces the House of Representatives -- still the sole body capable of adopting actual articles of impeachment -- to act on such charges. In fact, you can be assured that they'd do everything in their power to avoid doing so.

But what a story it'd make! A little known constitutional procedure that has lain dormant for decades, never before used against a president, and pitting the duly elected and sworn legislature of a state against a federal Congress sitting on its hands and refusing to act!

What drama! What passion!

 

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