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On this day in 1868, the U.S. Senate voted against impeaching President Andrew Johnson and acquitted him of committing “high crimes and misdemeanors.” In February 1868, the House of Representatives charged Johnson with 11 articles of impeachment for vague “high crimes and misdemeanors.” The main issue in Johnson’s trial was his staunch resistance to implementing Congress’ Civil War Reconstruction policies. The War Department was the federal agency responsible for carrying out Reconstruction programs and when Johnson fired the agency’s head, Edwin Stanton, Congress retaliated. The House also accused the president of hurling slanderous “inflammatory and scandalous harangues” against Congressional members.
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