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In bid to achieve democracy and fair justice, the American constitution separated powers in the federal government. Constitutional powers have been spread to the three arms of the federal government: congress, executive branch and the judiciary. The spread of powers in the federal government aims to prevent any branch from domineering. This was the pathway to impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton in 1999 while serving as the president of the United States of America.
The Role of Chief Justice In An Impeachment Trial And Separation Of Powers
The division of powers by the constitution in the federal government helps to prevent any arm of government from undermining justice and achieving selfish ambitions. It has provided a fair platform in which the chief justice of the Supreme Court is actively involved in the impeachment trial. The chief justice is mandated to preside over the impeachment trial according to the constitution. This provides a platform for the involvement of the judicial branch of the government in impeachment trial. Therefore the three arms of the government participate in the impeachment trial.
Impeachment Trial of William Jefferson Clinton In 1999
In 1999 an impeachment trial was laid against William Jefferson Clinton who was then the President of the United States of America. Members of the Senate were demanding his resignation from office due to allegations concerning his relationship with his subordinate staff and his involvement in preventing fair justice from being achieved in the trial process. His actions were considered to hinder witnesses from providing needed information in the trial amounting to justice violation. Such actions were worth consideration in determining a public figure’s guilt as they show abuse of office. The president was acquitted of a crime as he was found not guilty hence he was not absolved or relieved of his responsibility.
Constitutional powers have been spread to the three arms of the federal government; congress, executive branch and the judiciary. The spread of powers in the federal government aims to prevent any branch from domineering.