Thursday, December 6, 2012

House Judiciary Committee, Articles of Impeachment

House of judiciary Committee, Article of Impeachment Agustin 20, 1974

Richard Nixon ran for presidency in 1960, but lost to John F. Kennedy. After running for Governor of California once again and coming up short he stated that he was finished with politics. However, he ran again in 1972, this time, he was successful. Nixon won against Democrat George McGovern by 60 percent of popular votes.

Throughout is Presidency Nixon carried out much dishonestly for personal advantages that were unlawful. During his time in office, President Nixon and his major assistants became deeply involved in illegal activities against the opposing committee.
At first he denied the incident inside the Watergate Office Complex in Washington the democratic national committee headquarters, where five burglars broke-in to try to record the opposing candidate’s conversation to try and get a step up on the competition. They were arrested by the police at 2:30 a.m. The investigators found out that the burglars were employed by President Nixon. President Nixon denied it by stating   "No one in the White House staff, no one in this administration presently employed, was involved in this way bizarre incident”   Nether the less, The House Judiciary Committee began its final debate on the impeachment of President Nixon for his illegal activities surrounding the Watergate scandal on July 24, 1974. They came up with three articles for President Nixon impeachment.

Article 1: Obstruction of Justice.

This article stated that the full House should impeach Nixon for the high crime of deliberately engaging in obstruction of justice by attempting to cover up the Watergate investigation. Nixon Designed to delay, impede and obstruct investigations of such unlawful entry; to cover up, conceal and protect those responsible and to conceal the existence and scope of other unlawful covert activities. Passed by vote of 27 to 11.

Article 2: Abuse of Power.

It charged the president with abuse of powers, in violation of the Constitution, by using the IRS, the FBI, and other government agencies to spy on American citizens. Nixon repeatedly engaged in conduct violating the constitutional rights of citizens, imparting the due and proper administration of justice and the conduct of lawful inquiries, or contravening the laws governing agencies of the executive branch and the purposes of these agencies. Passed by vote of 28 to 10

Article 3: Contempt of Congress.

It charged that Nixon violated the Constitution by ignoring congressional subpoenas of White House documents. In refusing to produce these papers and things, Richard M. Nixon, substituting his judgment as to what materials were necessary for the inquiry, interposed the powers of the Presidency against the lawful orders of the House of Representatives, thereby assuming to himself functions and judgments necessary to the exercise of the sole power of impeachment vested by Constitution in the House of Representatives. Passed by a vote of 21 to 17
Nick Brengel, Shantana Folkes

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