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The constitutional language of impeachment

The Constitution of the United States is relatively clear to anyone who will take the time to read it. Be advised that the continuous and oft-quoted statements made by various media, pundits, and political party spokespeople clearly differ from the written words found in actual constitutional language. This letter was written and intentionally limited to the actual constitutional language dealing with the subject of impeachment to clarify the intended roles and responsibilities for each of the two legislative houses we call Congress.

“All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.” (Article I, Section I)

IMPEACHMENT

“The House of Representatives … shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.” (Quoted source: Article I, Section II, Clause V of the Constitution)

TRIAL OF IMPEACHMENT

“The Senate shall have the sole power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside; and no personal shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.” (Quoted Source: Article I, Section III, Clause VI of the Constitution)

The House of Representatives is clearly not included in the trial to impeach.

Everything spoken or written and presented by media, elected partisans and pundits contrary to the quoted Constitution language above should be rejected out of hand. That language is dangerous to our Constitution and to us.

DELBERT BEYER,

Alpena