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the Johnson Impeachment
Mr. STEVENS, of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, I do not see why this adjournment should take place unless we are to have a report from this committee of the evidence taken and have it printed and before us so that we may examine it.
If I understood the chairman of that committee there is
nothing now before them which will justify an impeachment,
and that they have been six months attempting to find ground
for an impeachment. Then, sir, the whole question of
impeachment lies in a nutshell. If nothing can be found
which sufficiently implicates him to put him on his trial
before the country, it is due to him, it is due to this
House and to the country that that committee should be
discharged and this matter should be abandoned.
The SPEAKER. That would have to be done by a separate resolution. It could not be offered to a resolution for adjournment.Mr. STEVENS, of Pennsylvania. Mr. Speaker, I will say that I am not satisfied. I do not believe the country is satisfied with the course taken in regard to the impeachment. I do not mean thereby to censure or blame anybody, but it seems to me there is an error of judgment as to what is required by law to found an impeachment. I think that ought to be submitted to the tribunal of this House and to the tribunal which is to try it; and if the motion of the gentleman from Massachusetts should prevail, I shall ask leave to test the sense of the House in the question of directing that the committee shall report now. When I say now, I mean at this session; and that the report and the evidence taken shall be printed and ready for our action. As the question now stands I have nothing further to suggest.
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