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Where to Look for Guidance on Impeachment

The Declaration of Independence helps clear up confusion over "high Crimes and Misdemeanors."
First, there was the declaration.

First, there was the declaration.

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In all the talk these days about the Constitution’s impeachment provision, there is widespread confusion about the meaning of the document’s mysterious words making the president, the vice president and other high-level officials impeachable for “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

If you want to know what impeachment is all about, it’s best to put contemporary issues to one side and start with a document that should unite each and every American: the Declaration of Independence.