Ousting a Peer

Panel votes to expel Williams

The U.S. Senate was only eight years old when it first expelled a member.

The crime committed by William Blount of Tennessee: inciting Indians to attack the Spanish colonies of Florida and Louisiana. Since then another 14 Senators have been ousted, all for their treasonous support of the South in the Civil War. By comparison, Harrison Williams' involvement in the Abscam bribery scandal seems rather prosaic. But last week all six members of the Senate Ethics Committee recommended that Williams, 61, become the 16th Senator in history—and the first in 119 years—to get the heave-ho.

The committee made its...

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