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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - “Impeachment” is not a word in Portuguese. It has been used in English since 14th century England, and in the United States since the 18th Century. It is similar to an indictment, or an official imputation of a crime. After indictment, a trial is held, and if convicted, the defendant is removed from office.

The U.S. Constitution says impeachment is applicable to “treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” It is important to note that the word “high” has nothing to do with the . . .

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