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Why was power to impeach given to Congress?


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2010-10-05 20:10:46
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Impeachment in the United States is an expressed power of the legislature that allows for formal charges against a civil officer of government for crimes committed in office. The powers of Congress are enumerated in several places in the Constitution. The most important listing of congressional powers appears in Article I, Section 8 which identifies in eighteen paragraphs many important powers of Congress.

When the Constitution was written, there was turmoil over what the legislative body would be like. Representatives argued and fought for hours until a compromise was made. The legislation would be bicameral so that both small states and large states would get equal representation. In order to keep the executive branch in check; the Senate was given the power to confirm presidential appointees. One power that is equally shared in Congress is the power to impeach and try a federal officer.

The impeachment begins with the House. Any federal officer the American government can be impeached, but the House must find a motive to impeach him. This is one place where the "common" house can act before the "rich" house. If the House fells so, a Senator or even a member of the House can be impeached. The one check over this if the officer does not resign is that the Senate must put the officer on trial and convict him. The House has the power to act first, but the Senate must then back their actions.


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