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Live – First Day of Confirmation Hearings For Supreme Court Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch

The ever-reliable C-SPAN will cover these hearings day by day, gavel to gavel. He is appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Live – House Hearing on Russian Election Interference

FBI Director James Comey testifies today before the House Select Intelligence Committee on whether or not there is evidence pointing to Russian meddling in the just-concluded presidential election. Also, this hearing will undoubtedly touch on President Trump’s unsupported allegations that he was wiretapped by former President Obama. The hearing begins at 10am EDT; C-SPAN will permanently archive this proceeding, so if you can’t watch it live, you can visit at a later date.

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Online Primary Sources for American History: Presidential Impeachment

“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.” U.S. Constitution, Article 2, Section 4

“The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United Statesis tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall beconvicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.” U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 3, Clause 6

Trials are carried out under the PROCEDURE AND GUIDELINES FOR IMPEACHMENT TRIALS IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE (1986).

There have been only two impeachments in this country’s history: Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. There would have been a third, but Richard Nixon resigned before that process was implemented.

Here are some primary sources for both:

Andrew Johnson

(A good introduction to this trial can be found here at this Senate Historical Office site.)

Broadsides and other ephemera.

Chronicling America. “The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson.” Hundreds of contemporary newspaper accounts.

Congressional Globe. Contains the debates of Congress between 1833 and 1873. It published a special volume containing the documents on this trial. Also printed as a separate volume: Proceedings in the trial of Andrew Johnson, president of the United States, before the United States Senate, on articles of impeachment exhibited by the House of Representatives. : With an appendix (1868)

Expulsion of the president / opinion of Hon. Charles Summer of Massachusetts, in the case of the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, president of the United States (1868)

Harper’s Weekly. “The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson” Over two hundred contemporary articles from this important chronicle of the times.

Impeachment investigation : Testimony taken before the Judiciary committee of the House of Representatives in the investigation of the charges against Andrew Johnson. Second session, Thirty-ninth Congress, and first session, Fortieth Congress (1867)

Letters. Mostly between Johnson and Abraham Lincoln.

The life and public services of Andrew Johnson. including his state papers, speeches and addresses. (1866)

Public Papers.

 

Bill Clinton

(A brief overview is here.)

C-SPAN Has selected videos on this topic.

Clinton Impeachment. From The New York Times containing documents, speeches, articles, interviews, etc.

Impeachment of President William Jefferson Clinton : the evidentiary record pursuant to S. Res. 16. (24 vols., 1999)

Proceedings of the United States Senate in the impeachment trial of President William Jefferson Clinton (4 vols., 2000)

Public Papers.

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Confirmation Hearings for President-elect Trump’s Cabinet

The Senate hearings start today, Tuesday, January 10; here is the schedule as published by the Senate. CNN has additional information on what could be contentious examinations. C-SPAN will carry these hearings as well. This 2015 CRS report is recommended reading – Appointment and Confirmation of Executive Branch Leadership: An Overview.

 

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Intelligence Chiefs’ Testimonies Before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Russian Election Hacking

For those who missed this session, it is available here courtesy of C-Span. A transcript, a list of speakers, and links to related material are also provided.

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CEO of Mylan, Maker of EpiPen, Testifies Before Congress

The more than three hour testimony is presented courtesy of C-SPAN. Here are five take-aways from the hearing. Additional reporting from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Kaiser Family Foundation, and The Washington Post

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Democrats and Republicans Each Issue Their Own Final Reports on Benghazi

Let partisan politics reign! Since the members of the Select Committee on Benghazi stood along party lines during the conduct of its investigations, BOTH sides have released their own versions. The Democratic report is here, all 339 pages of it along with interview transcripts, while the 800 page Republican document is here

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