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Impeachment Inquiry on Donald Trump
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday that Democratic leaders were launching an official impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. This decision came after a phone call Trump recently made to the president of Ukraine, allegedly asking him to investigate former Vice President and potential presidential challenger Joe Biden, while a U.S. military aid package was on the table. Biden’s son Hunter Biden served on the board of a Ukrainian gas producer during Biden’s tenure as vice president. Yesterday, the White House released a memo on the phone conversation, which you can read here.
The impeachment process can take months, as we’ve seen from the three previous U.S. presidents who have had the impeachment process initiated against them. For Andrew Johnson, the entire process lasted 94 days from first congressional action to Senate acquittal. For Richard Nixon, it lasted 184 days. The House approved the impeachment inquiry on February 6, 1974 and Nixon announced his resignation on August 8, 1974. For Bill Clinton, the process lasted 127 days from the time the House approved the impeachment inquiry until the Senate acquitted him.
Resources on Impeachment in HeinOnline
U.S. Presidential Library
To begin, our most resourceful database containing impeachment information for U.S. presidents can be found in the U.S. Presidential Library. This database contains Messages and Papers of the Presidents, Public Papers of the Presidents, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, and other documents related to U.S. Presidents. One of the subcollections, titled Impeachment in the United States, features impeachment documents for Richard Nixon, Andrew Johnson, and William Clinton.
Click on Andrew Johnson’s name to view a list of documents related to his impeachment. For example, users can peruse through the following:
- An Analysis of the Constitutional Standard for Presidential Impeachment
- The Great Impeachment and Trial of Andrew Johnson, President of the Untied States
- Proceedings in the Trial of Andrew Johnson, President of the United States before the United States Senate
U.S. Congressional Serial Set
Spanning more than two centuries, the U.S. Congressional Serial Set allows users to locate House and Senate Documents, House and Senate Reports, the American State Papers, and much more. Enter the U.S. Congressional Serial Set and use the Advanced Search option to research Nixon’s impeachment. Use the search below to find the seven-volume report issued by the Senate Watergate Committee in 1974, which conducted the most comprehensive investigation ever performed by Congress.
Looking for a specific event from within the report? Look no further! Use the magnifying glass icon above the report to search for a specific word or phrase. For example, run a search for “Camp David trip” to be directed to that portion of the report.
For even more information on researching the Nixon Watergate scandal, view this recent blog post.
Law Journal Library
Although the news of Trump’s impeachment inquiry just broke, this is not the first time during his term the concept has been discussed. The Mueller investigation and the release of the Mueller Report detailing Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election were both highly controversial. Let’s see what we can find in the Law Journal Library about these hot topics.
Use the Full Text tab and enter “Trump Mueller Russia election”~40 to run a proximity search. Results include:
- What Mueller Found—and Didn’t Find—About Trump and Russia
- Law of Obstruction as a Check on Presidential Power
- Fake News: The Legality of the Russian 2016 Facebook Influence Campaign
- Special Counsel Investigations and Legal Ethics: The Role of Secret Taping
Similar to proximity searching, users can also use proximity connectors to search for words within a sentence, a paragraph, or a segment. For example, to find the words Trump and impeachment within the same paragraph, use the Full Text tab to search for Trump w/p impeachment.
Results include these articles on our hot topic:
- Presidential Impeachment: A Contemporary Analysis
- Collusion, Obstruction of Justice, and Impeachment
- Why Donald Trump Is Not Andrew Jackson (And Why That Matters for American Constitutional Democracy)
- All the President’s Lawyers—Problems and Potential Solutions in Prosecuting Presidential Criminal Conduct
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These are just some examples of resources within HeinOnline for researching impeachment, but there is so much more so keep exploring! A quick search using the Catalog tab in HeinOnline for “Impeachment Process” OR “Impeachment President”~20 returns results in multiple databases.
Want to learn more about the impeachment process? Check out these two recently added CRS Reports:
- The Impeachment Process in the House of Representatives: June 14, 2019
- The Impeachment Process in the House of Representatives: Updated August 12, 2019
The U.S. Congressional Documents database also includes the full statement Joe Biden made on the Senate floor on April 10, 1974 about Richard Nixon. You never know what you might find in HeinOnline!
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