Impeachment was inserted into the Constitution of the United States as a tool of national self-preservation. Although its most common use has been as a quotidian house-cleaning device for dispensing with corrupt or egregiously unsuitable federal judges otherwise unfireable due to life tenure, the American framers conceived impeachment’s real and essential function to be the ejection and permanent electoral disqualification of any president who proved grievously unfit or exhibited a dangerous disposition to autocracy.

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