I spotted a real howler in this morning's NY Times, and emailed the following request for a correction:
In “On a Very Hot Seat With Little Cover and Less Support” Sheryl Gay Stolberg writes,
“Congress has no power to remove the attorney general”
This is not accurate. The Constitution provides a mechanism by which all civil officers of the United States can be removed by Congress. It is called impeachment. Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution specifies that “The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”
The Congress has only used this power against a Cabinet member once — William W. Belknap, secretary of war, was impeached by the House but acquitted by the Senate in 1876 — but the power unquestionably exists.
While this may seem a small matter, to a law professor, and I'd imagine any lawyer, it's a pretty big one. It may even matter politically.
Please run a correction in the print edition (I spotted the error in the print version) and append a fix to the online version.
Don't reporters who cover the federal government have to know the Constitution?
Oh well, Stollberg is still better than Elisabeth Bumiller whom Stollberg replaced on the White House beat.