The Law: Impeachment

The scene is almost beyond imagining. The dignitaries of the Senate taking a special oath and functioning as a 100-member jury, presided over by the Chief Justice. The Senate chamber jammed with extra seats for observers from the House. A team of prosecutors chosen by and from the members of the House, squared off against a team of lawyers retained by the defendant—the President of the U.S.

Impeachment is the most talked-about and shied-away-from of the possibilities arising out of the Watergate crisis. A month ago, when California's Democratic Congressman John Moss suggested a...

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