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Today in History: Impeaching a Supreme Court Justice

Posted by Gilbert Stack on November 30, 2018 at 5:00 AM

On this day (November 30) in 1804 the impeachment trial of Samuel Chase began. He was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court and was accused of being partisan in his rulings. Chase was a Federalist. The impeachment began because Thomas Jefferson was concerned that Chase insisted on the exclusive right of judicial review. Jefferson wanted to remove all Federalists from the courts to make room for more like-minded judges. The House of Representatives impeached Chase on eight articles, but the Senate acquitted him on all eight accounts. Chase is the only Supreme Court Justice to ever be impeached.

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