As this web page is being developed (9/13/98), there is a raging debate over whether President Clinton should or will be impeached. The proximity of these events to the 1998 General Elections makes it inevitable that some level of partisan politics will come into play, as it has already in the shallow and sensationalistic feeding-frenzy of the nation's media.
There is a real danger that elements of partisan politics reminescent of the impeachment procedings against President Andrew Johnson could surface within Congressional deliberations. While charges and opinions on just what constitutes an impeachable offense are being thrown about with abandon, and there is a common contention that an impeachable offense "is whatever Congress says it is"; it is not all that clear whether or not President Clinton has committed any impeachable offenses - even in a worst-case scenario in which each and every allegation made in the "Starr Report" would be proven to be true.
At issue is the meaning of "high crimes and misdemeanors" as used in the United States Constitution. Considering the potential effect that current events could have on the outcome of the 1998 General Elections, it is incumbent for the electorate to draw their own informed conclusions on what constitutes an impeachable offense. This is essential in order to make informed decisions at the ballot box in the wake of political campaigns that will, no doubt, use the impeachment issue in any manner that the candidates for election believe will further their individual efforts to gain office.
This page provides links to sources of substantive information that should assist readers in developing their own informed evaluations of the meaning of "high crimes and misdemeanors", and what constitutes an impeachable offense.
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