The Senate failed, barely, to secure a two-thirds majority in favor of convicting President Andrew Johnson
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Under the direction of President John Adams, the Congress passed the Sedition Act of 1798, which made it a criminal offence to publish statements critical of the federal government. The first individual to be tried under the law was Rep. Matthew Lyon, who unsurprisingly had voted against its passage. Lyon was re-elected from jail.
President Clinton was acquited of obstruction of justice charges in his impeachment trial, a two-thirds majority vote having been necessary to convict.
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