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Witcover: Why impeachment now?

Witcover: Why impeachment now?

As President Donald Trump continues his opposition to congressional Democrats' demands for under-oath testimony from him and various other associates, their calls for his impeachment remain in limbo.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insists that Mr. Trump be left to "self-impeachment" for his alleged illegal acts and personal behavior. But the Constitution's Article I, Section 2 specifies that the House of Representatives "shall have the sole Power of Impeachment."

The grounds for doing so are left ambiguously in Article II, Section 4 for "Conviction of Treason, Bribery or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors." Only two presidents, Andrew Johnson and Bill...