The Action of the Reconstruction Committee on Impeachment

February 15, 1868


The Committee on Impeachment states that President Johnson is impeached of high crimes and misdemeanors. This matter was taken to the Senate where a vote was held.


The Action of the Reconstruction Committee on Impeachment. The following resolutions having been offered by Thad. Stevens "Resolved, That Andrew Johnson, President of the United States, be impeached of high crimes aud misdemeanors. "Resolved, That the committee go to the Senate, and at the bar thereof, in the name of the House of Representatives and of all the people of the United States, do impeach Andrew Johnson, President of the United States, of high crimes and misdemeanors, and acquaint the Senate that the House of Representatives will in due time exhibit particular articles of impeachment against him, and make good the same. "Resolved, That said committee do demand that the Senate take order for the appearance of the said Andrew Johnson to answer to said impeachment." As soon as the reading of the resolutions was finished, Judge Bingham moved to lay the report and the whole subject of impeachment on the table. Mr. Stevens said he wanted the yeas and nays recorded on that motion, so that the country might know who was and who was not in favor of taking cognizance of the high crimes and misdemeanors committed by the President. The vote was then taken, and stood: Yeas-Messrs. Bingham, Beaman, Paine, Hulburd, Brooks, and Beck. Nays-Messrs. Steveus, Boutwell, and Farnsworth. So the entire matter was laid on the table, and the committee adjourned. Mr. Stevens is greatly chagrined at the result, though he says he did not expect much different. He says that the Republican party is virtually defeated, and all through the cowardice of its own members. He attaches much of the blame to General Grant and his friends, who, he says, became frightened and demoralized; for what reason he does not exactly know. It is his firm belief that had the friends of Grant, as well as Grant himself, kept their hands off, nothing could have saved Johnson. So ends the second attempt at impeachment.-Star.
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