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A Note to All the Misinformed People Who Keep Telling Me You Can't Impeach Someone After They're Out of Office
By David Swanson
Before anybody else Emails me their wise pseudo-informed decrees that nobody can be impeached after they are out of office, please read this 68-page report (PDF) which answers every objection I've ever heard.
My favorite highlights relate to Blount and Belknap. In 1797 the Senate tried Senator William Blount in an impeachment trial despite having already expelled him. He was not convicted, but the reason for not convicting him was not that he was out of office. In 1876 the House impeached and the Senate tried Secretary of War William Worth Belknap, who had resigned prior to the impeachment. The Senate ruled by a vote of 37-29 that it had jurisdiction despite the resignation. Belknap was acquitted, but not because he was not in office.