Impeachment-an affair

The following is a two-part assignment.  The first part of the assignment will require students to answer questions and submit to the instructor in an uploaded Word document due on Wednesday, December 19.  The second part of the assignment will require students to participate in a debate with material from the questions on Thursday, December 20.

The Constitution defines impeachment at the federal level and limits impeachment to “The President, Vice President, and all civil officers of the United States” who may be impeached and removed only for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors”.

  1. Given the Constitutional definition of the grounds for impeachment, under what circumstances should a president be removed from office? Please give specific examples.
  2. Are any of the following reasons grounds for impeachment-an affair, lying under oath, negotiating with terrorists/dictators to reach an agreement considered good for the country, not upholding legislation approved by the US Congress, foreign policy decisions that could lead to war, introducing proposals that threaten national security, or receiving bribes from corporations, organizations, as well as political lobbyists seeking to support the defeat or passage of specific legislation?
  3. Should a presidential candidates’ private life or personal behavior be considered for keeping he or she out of office ie past drug usage, convictions of misdemeanors, mental health treatment, sexual orientation, sexual misconduct, fathering a child out of wedlock, or not following the policies of previous political positions? If so, which of these issues would qualify as reasons to vote against a candidate?
  4. Should a candidate’s personal misdeeds outweigh his or her political views?
  5. Should a candidate’s personal misdeeds outweigh his or her political track record?
  6. Now that you have addressed each of the above questions, please go back and create arguments against the answer that you gave for each of the above questions.