The Impeachment Trial

April 16, 1868


The Senate has postponed unlimited speeches in the impeachment trial until further notice. The trial heats up as President Johnson's new evidence is admitted. The impeachers wish to dampen any hope in Johnson's favor.


The Impeachment Trial. Washington, April 15.-The House went in a body to the impeachment, the Speaker announcing that if the session of the Court should be brief, a regular call of the House would be made. The Senate postponed the matter of unlimited speeches indefinitely. A motion that the Court hereafter meet at 11 o'clock was defeated-24 to 26. In the absence of Stanbery, the defence proceeded with the documentary evidence without asking an adjournment, Second Dispatch. Washington, April 15.-The President's message of February 24th was ruled out by Judge Chase. The Managers objected to it on general grounds, but Chase ruled it out on the ground that the resolutions of the Senate did not require it, and therefore it was not a part of the regular proceedings. The President's message nominating Ewing was admitted. An immense mass of documentary evidence was admitted, though under the continued objection of Butler. The documentary evidence was concluded, and the court adjourned. The President's counsel had it pretty much their own way this afternoon. The impeachers show palpable signs of discouragement. In the House, Messrs. Stevens and Wade made statements to the effect that the Senate is determined not to heat the impeachers fully, and gave notice that they would move for a night session of the House to allow the Managers an opportunity to make their speeches.
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