Impeachment - Selected Resources Online and in Print

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by Aris Woodham, Director of Web Services and Lecturer in Law, Washington University School of Law Library

A well-constituted court for the trial of impeachments is an object not more to be desired than difficult to be obtained in a government wholly elective. The subjects of its jurisdiction are those offenses which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust. They are of a nature which may with peculiar propriety be denominated POLITICAL, as they relate chiefly to injuries done immediately to the society itself. The prosecution of them, for this reason, will seldom fail to agitate the passions of the whole community, and to divide it into parties more or less friendly or inimical to the accused. In many cases it will connect itself with the pre-existing factions, and will enlist all their animosities, partialities, influence, and interest on one side or on the other; and in such cases there will always be the greatest danger that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties, than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.


   Alexander Hamilton writing in The Federalist Papers - Federalist No. 65


General Information


Primary Sources


Impeachment: An introductory article by Grolier Encyclopedia 

A very basic introduction to the concept of impeachment.

American Bar Association's Impeachment Page 

A general introduction.


An excellent site with numerous short articles explaining the process and history of impeachment and numerous links to reliable sources of information.

Guide to Impeachment and Censure Materials Online 

This comprehensive page, sponsored by the JURIST, a site for law faculty in American law schools, provides an extensive list of links to primary and secondary resources, from both academic and popular sources.


This web site, sponsored by Knight-Ridder, provides some basic introductory information on the process of Impeachment.


A mini-guide from the JURIST, a site used primarily by legal faculty in American Law Schools.  It provides a list of useful links on the subject of censure.

Tracking the Clinton Controversy 

An academic site from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.


News & Editorial Comment

Washington Post 

This page by the Washington Post is updated daily with coverage of the ongoing proceedings in the Senate.


A news magazine with an emphasis on critique of mass-media sources as well as direct commentary on current political events.

Impeachment resources: The Legal Information Institute of Cornell University Law School 

An excellent site bringing together links to relevant primary legal sources.

U.S. Constitution: Provisions on Impeachment 

This is a list of sections of the Constitution and accompanying analytical commentary in which impeachment appears as a term. It was generated via a search in a database provided by the Government Printing Office. This database contains the texts Constitution, Analysis and Interpretation (1992 Edition); Constitution, Analysis and Interpretation (1996 Supplement). 

Federalist Papers 

A list of sections referring to impeachment with links to the text.

About the Federalist Papers 

Independent Counsel Laws - U.S. Code 

Title 28-Judiciary, Part II - Judicial Procedure Chapter 40

Starr (Independent Counsel's) Report 

Library of Congress 

U.S. Congress 

White House rebuttal to Starr report 

First - September 11, 1998

Second - September 12, 1998

Impeachment Documents: 

H.Res. 525 - Impeachment Review Resolution  

H.Res. 581 - Impeachment Investigation Resolution

H.Res. 611 - Impeachment Resolution

H.Res. 614 - Appointing and Authorizing Managers for the Impeachment Trial - 105th Congress

House Report 105-795 - Investigatory Powers of House Judiciary Committee with regard to Impeachment

House Report 105-830 - Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton,  President of the United States

H.Res. 10 - Reappointment and Authorization of Managers
106th Congress 1/6/99

S.Res. 16 - To provide for issuance of a summons and for related procedures

Trial Memorandum of President Clinton 

Dated January 13, 1999


Tentative Impeachment Trial schedule 

White House Press Briefings 

This is the official source for transcripts of White House Press Briefings.

Rules Of Procedure And Practice In The Senate When Sitting On Impeachment Trials 

Procedural Rules, provided by the JURIST web site.

Advanced Research

The Federal Impeachment Process: A Bibliographic Guide 

An excellent list of print resources by Thomas C. Kingsley, Revised edition by Joseph Luke (July 1998) of the Cornell Law Library.

Books on the subject of impeachment 

A List of titles from the Mobius catalog, a collection of academic libraries in Missouri.

Congressional materials on the subject of impeachment 

This list of resources dating from 1969 includes all types of documents issued by the U.S. Congress.  Some deal specifically with the Clinton Impeachment and others deal with prior Impeachments or the subject in general.  The citations include SuDoc numbers which are the access points for the location of the item in any Government depository Library.   Members of the Washington University community can locate the items online in any campus library.  See your reference librarian for details.

Recent articles on the Impeachment proceedings in Legal Newspapers and Journals 

LegalTrac and Index to Legal Periodicals  
Suggested searches: impeachment and clinton, impeachment and president

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