Barbara Jordan on Impeachment

The Carolina ratification convention impeachment criteria: those are impeachable ‘who behave amiss or betray their public trust.’

Beginning shortly after the Watergate break-in and continuing to the present time, the President has engaged in a series of public statements and actions designed to thwart the lawful investigation by government prosecutors. Moreover, the President has made public announcements and assertions bearing on the Watergate case, which the evidence will show he knew to be false. These assertions, false assertions, impeachable, those who misbehave. Those who ‘behave amiss or betray the public trust.’

James Madison again at the Constitutional Convention: ‘A President is impeachable if he attempts to subvert the Constitution.'”

-Barbara Jordan, “Statement at the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Impeachment Hearings.”
Washington, D.C. – July 25, 1974

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