THE HOUSE: Moving Toward Impeachment

For the first time in 105 years, a committee of the House of Representatives assembled last week to begin an inquiry into the possible impeachment of the President of the U.S. Like many historic occasions, this one began with relatively obscure preliminaries and routine, undramatic details. Unlike the solemn moment of nonpartisan statesmanship that was clearly called for, however, the first full-scale meeting of the House Judiciary Committee devoted to the impeachment question produced a round of unfortunate bickering between Democrats and Republicans and a vote recorded along strict party lines....

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