Attend to inquiry with open mind

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Opinion

November 12, 2019 - 10:13 AM

As the U.S. House of Representative speeds toward formal impeachment hearings and vote — and as the U.S. Senate prepares to then hold a trial on whether to remove the president from office — it’s time to get back to first principles.

According to Article II, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution, “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

That’s pretty much it. In other sections Constitution outlines the general process; the House has the power to impeach, and the Senate conducts the trial. It requires a two-thirds vote to remove the official from office. But there are not pages and pages of details.

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