Treason, Bribery, Other High Crimes & Misdemeanors


The Constitution, Article II, Section 4:
The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Friday, July 20th, 1787 James Madison’s Notes from the Constitutional Convention

Mr. {Elbridge} Gerry urged the necessity of impeachments. A good magistrate will not fear them. A bad one ought to be kept in fear of them. He hoped the maxim would never be adopted here that the chief magistrate could do no wrong.

Thank God for Mr. Elbridge Gerry. Just as a side note: Mr. Gerry refused to sign the Constitution. Why? It didn’t include a Bill of Rights. That came later.

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