Thursday, September 22, 2016
Christopher Peterson (Utah), Trump University and Presidential Impeachment:
In the final weeks of the 2016 Presidential campaign Donald J. Trump faces three lawsuits accusing him of fraud and racketeering. These ongoing cases focus on a series of wealth seminars called “Trump University” which collected over $40 million from consumers seeking to learn Trump’s real estate investing strategies. Although these consumer protection cases are civil proceedings, the underlying legal elements in several counts that plaintiffs seek to prove run parallel to the legal elements of serious crimes under both state and federal law. This essay provides a legal analysis of whether Trump’s alleged behavior would, if proven, rise to the level of impeachable offenses under the presidential impeachment clause of the United States Constitution.
This essay begins with a summary of the evidence assembled in the three pending Trump University civil lawsuits. Next, it describes the legal claims involved in each matter. Then, this essay summarizes the applicable law of presidential impeachment under the United States Constitution and analyzes whether Trump’s actions in connection with Trump University are impeachable offenses. Finally, I offer concluding thoughts, considering in particular the policy implications of a major presidential campaign with simultaneously pending legal complaints of fraud and racketeering.
Daily Caller, Law Prof: Impeach Trump IMMEDIATELY If He Beats Clinton:
A Utah law professor is calling for the prompt impeachment of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in the event that Trump wins the 2016 election. ...
According to Peterson, enough evidence of Trump’s serious misconduct exists for Congress to impeach Trump without delay. ...
Peterson specializes in consumer finance. From 2012 to 2016, he served as a special adviser for the United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He has received a Department of Defense commendation for helping to craft legislation protecting military service members from predatory lenders. After graduating law school at the University of Utah, he clerked for Wade Brorby, an appellate judge appointed by Ronald Reagan.