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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Impeachment: Myths, Facts, & History
More Empty Impeachment
Threats from the GOP
Right-wingers trembled with glee when Sen.
James Inhofe said that President Obama might be impeached for the events in
Benghazi.Few rank-and-file Americans
understand impeachment or the odds of it happening.It does not mean that the president is fired.
Most members of Congress and the media understand what
impeachment means, but our schools work very hard to produce politically
ignorant citizens.Impeachment means charging a public official with an offense.Impeachment does not mean firing a public
official from her/his job.
Only to the House
of Representatives can impeach.The
House can impeach hundreds of public officials:the president, vice president, all federal judges – including Supreme
Court justices – cabinet secretaries and other high-ranking officials. If the full House approves impeachment,
then the official has been impeached.But that just begins the process.The accused still faces trial in the Senate.