The Articles of Impeachment

March 2, 1868

Summary

Final touches on the Articles of Impeachment are made before they are presented to the House. The Articles charge President Johnson with violating the constitution, the tenure-of-office bill, and conspiring to obtain the War Office.

Transcription

THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT. At a meeting of the committee to prepare articles of impeachment, held yesterday afternoon, the articles drawn up were submitted, and in the main approved. Several unimportant changes were agreed upon, however, and the articles were turned over to a sub-committee to receive a final touch. This morning they will undoubtedly be presented to the House. It is understood that the number of articles is six. The first and second charge the President with a violation of the Constitution in the exercise, respectively, of the powers of appointment and removal without the advice and consent of the Senate while that body is in session. The third and fourth are based upon the violation of the tenure-of-office bill. The fifth charges him with a conspiracy to obtain possession of the War office in violation of the " conspiracy act," which passed the House July 15, and the Senate. July 26, 1861. It provides that "if two or more persons within any State or Territory of the United States shall conspire together to overthrow, or to put down, or to destroy by force, the Government of the United States, or to levy war against the United States, or to oppose by force the authority of the Government of the United , States; or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States; or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United; States against the will, or contrary to the ; authority of the United States; or by; force, or intimidation, or threat, to prevent, any person from accepting or holding any office, or trust, or place of confidence, under the United States; each and every person so offending shall be guilty of a high crime," &c. We understand that one of the facts on which the charge of violating this law rests is furnished by the testimony of General Emory, to whom the President is alleged to have replied, when told that according? to law he could not receive military orders except through General Grant, that the law was unconstitutional, and he need not obey it. The sixth is understood to relate to his overtures to Generals Sherman and Thomas in offering them promotions with a view to securing their services in an attempt to defeat the laws. As the articles themselves have not been shown to anyone, of course no report as to their contents can be relied upon as entirely accurate. The question will be settled to-day, however, by their presentation to the House.-Forney's' Chronicle of Saturday.
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“The Articles of Impeachment,” Reconstructing Virginia, accessed December 5, 2022, https://reconstructingvirginia.richmond.edu/items/show/888.