Scholars testify that Trump’s conduct is grounds for impeachment
Update on Impeachment Report:
"Experts make the case for ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’
Three of the four witnesses laid out the case for why the Judiciary Committee should charge Trump with high crimes and misdemeanors in a back-and-forth with the Democrats’ top committee counsel Norm Eisen.
“Ultimately the reason the Constitution provided for impeachment was to anticipate a situation like the one that is before you today,” Harvard Law School professor Noah Feldman testified. “If we cannot impeach a president who uses his power for personal advantage, we no longer live in a democracy, we live in a monarchy or a dictatorship.”
The questioning had the air of an introductory constitutional law class focused on impeachment – including a featured chart listing the A, the B, and the C of high crimes and misdemeanors: Abuse of Power, Betrayal of National Interest, and Corruption of Elections.
Eisen asked the law professors to explain whether it was necessary for Trump to have committed a statutory crime to be impeached. University of North Carolina law professor Michael Gerhardt said no. The scale of Trump’s obstruction was an abuse, he stressed, because it “torpedoes” the separation of powers in the Constitution.
“If what we’re talking about is not impeachable, then nothing is impeachable,” he said.
Stanford University professor Pamela S. Karlan shared that view and stressed that giving Trump a pass would encourage future presidents to undermine elections and U.S. national security for personal benefit.
“Because this is an abuse that cuts to the heart of democracy, you need to ask yourselves, if you don’t impeach a president who has done what this president has done . . . then what you’re saying is, it’s fine to go ahead and do this again,” Karlan said. “It’s your responsibility to make sure that all Americans get to vote in a free and fair election next November.”
By the way, the 4th witness who did not support charging Trump with high crimes and misdemeanors was one called by the Repub. members of the committee. The first three witnesses (summarized above)were called by the Dem. members.