Fact Check: Jon Meacham's claim about the first article of impeachment against Nixon


Jon Meacham tweeted about the impeachment of United States President Nixon, pointing to the BuzzFeed report about Trump. He claimed the following:

Jon Meacham on Twitter

The first article of impeachment against Nixon was just this: obstruction by directing others to lie. This is not hysteria or hyperventilating. It’s history.

Claim:

“The first article of impeachment against Nixon was just this: obstruction by directing others to lie.”

Fact Check: True

The first article of the impeachment against Nixon is titled “ARTICLE I, OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE (Approved 27-11)” and it starts with:

“In his conduct of the office of President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States, and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in violation of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has prevented, obstructed and impeded the administration of justice”

The full AP-sourced Brooklyn College article is available here.

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