1 Raising of Money to be Used in Impeachment: Mr. Butler, from the Select Committee of the Managers of Impeachments, Made the Following Report 1 (1868)

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2d Sesmuv'.                                                      No. 75.
JULY 3, 1868.-Ordered to be printed and recommitted.
Mr. BUTLER, from the Select Committee of the Managers of Impeachment, made
the following
The Committee of the House, appointed under a resolution of May 16th, to
ascertain if there is probable cause to believe that improper or corrupt means
have been used to influence the determination of the Senate upon the articles of
impeachment exhibited to the Senate by the House of Representatives against
the President of the United States, with power to summon and examine wit-
nesses under oath, and to send for persons and papers, beg leave in part to
As most of the facts and circumstances to be investigated by the order of the
House must of necessity lie in the possession solely of those who are bound by
every motive, personal and political, to withhold them, your committee were not
unaware of the difficulties opposing themselves to the elucidation of the truth.
The very supposition of corruption upon which the inquiry was based neces-
sadily presupposed such wickedness in the parties involved, either as actors
or recipients, as substantially to take away all efficacy in an appeal to their con.
sciences through the sanctity of an oath. Indeed a glance at the testimony will
show so great a recklessness of statement, prevarication and evasion, and
attempts on the part of many of the witnesses most nearly concerned in the
transactions under examination, and such an evident desire in answer to the
questions put to them-to disclose such facts only as the fear of being involved
in a criminal prosecution for perjury forced upon them-as to render the taking
of evidence necebsarily a close and oftentimes tedious cross-examination. In
spite of all these hindrances to the discharge of their duties, your committee
believe that they have been able to elicit facts and circumstances which carefully
examined and maturely considered will develop the fact that there was sub-
stantial ground for the inquiry ordered by the House. It is only by carefully
collecting such isolated facts and acts as could not be covered or concealed, that
a satisfactory conclusion can be reached.
Learning that many telegraphic messages relating to impeachment had been
sent and received by the parties supposed to be implicated in fraudulent prac-
tices, your committee issued a subpona duces tecum, in the usual form, to the
managers of the several telegraphic companies in this city and Baltimore, to
produce telegraphic despatches during a certain period; and then directed the
witnesses, officers of the telegraph companies, to select such telegrams as were
supposed would throw light upon the investigation.
This exercise of an ordinary power, confided to every justice of the peace in
the country who has a cause pending before him, was the only seizure of tele-
grams made by your committee, which has been the subject of much senseless
and useless vituperation.

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