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Monday, December 9, 2019

Over 750 Law Profs (And 10 Tax Profs) Declare Trump's Conduct 'Clearly Impeachable'

National Law Journal, Hundreds of Law Profs Declare Trump's Conduct 'Clearly Impeachable':

Hundreds of law professors from schools across the country published an open letter Friday declaring President Donald Trump’s conduct involving Ukraine as “clearly impeachable,” an assertion that comes after a daylong hearing earlier this week at which Republicans and Democrats sharply divided over their assessment of the president’s actions.

The letter, posted on the website Medium and sponsored by the government watchdog Protect Democracy, had been signed by [over 750 professors as of Monday morning].

The letter begins:

We, the undersigned legal scholars, have concluded that President Trump engaged in impeachable conduct.

We do not reach this conclusion lightly. The Founders did not make impeachment available for disagreements over policy, even profound ones, nor for extreme distaste for the manner in which the President executes his office. Only “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors” warrant impeachment. But there is overwhelming evidence that President Trump betrayed his oath of office by seeking to use presidential power to pressure a foreign government to help him distort an American election, for his personal and political benefit, at the direct expense of national security interests as determined by Congress. His conduct is precisely the type of threat to our democracy that the Founders feared when they included the remedy of impeachment in the Constitution.

Tax Prof signatories are:

  • Nancy Abramowitz (American)
  • Linda Beale (Wayne State)
  • Karen Brown (George Washington)
  • Neil Buchanan (Florida)
  • Mary Louise Fellows (Minnesota)
  • Francine Lipman (UNLV)
  • Goldburn Maynard (Louisville)
  • Ann Murphy (Gonzaga)
  • Kirk Stark (UCLA)
  • Norman Stein (Drexel)

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2019/12/over-600-law-profs-and-5-tax-profs-declare-trumps-conduct-clearly-impeachable.html

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Comments

Not really surprising, given their collective well-known political partisanship and proclivities. And if you took what the Democratic House members were saying at face value when they get interviewed, I might agree. However, I just can't see where they can prove any of their allegations/accusations. I don't characterize looking into past Administration's possible corruption as "bribery" or "abuse of power," particularly considering that Biden wasn't a political opponent in 2017 and there was no ongoing election that pitted Trump against anyone. This all just comes across a general political mudslinging and media manipulation by a group that doesn't think they can win the 2020 election. And given their primary candidates, they're probably right about that, at least.

Posted by: ruralcounsel | Dec 9, 2019 3:39:19 AM

Partisan hacks.

Did they sign their names to a little letter when Obama ordered the droning of an American citizen? When he ordered the targeting of conservative 501(c)(3)s? Fast and Furious?

Democrats think their presidents won’t be held to the same standard because Republicans are cowards and accept the double standards.

Think again.

Posted by: Anon | Dec 9, 2019 6:29:10 AM

Due to media complicity, by the time we uncover similar Democrat misconduct (now deemed impeachable), they’re already out of office. But stay tuned.

Posted by: Anon | Dec 9, 2019 6:30:58 AM

I like the tax pride:
"Over 750 Law Profs (And 10 Tax Profs) Declare Trump's Conduct 'Clearly Impeachable'"

Better would be:
"10 Tax Profs (and Over 740 Other Profs) Declare Trump's Conduct 'Clearly Impeachable'"

Seriously, I respect the opinion of 10 tax profs more than 740 con law profs, though I think both are in error in this example.

Posted by: Eric B Rasmusen | Dec 9, 2019 7:43:14 PM

"This is my last election ... After my election I have more flexibility.”

“I will transmit this information to Vladimir.”

Russia proceeds to invade Crimea.

Shoulda impeached him. We’ll save it for the next Democrat president. Every president from now on must be impeached so Trump isn’t an outlier. Except when we impeach, we’re gonna convict a few Democrat presidents. : )

Posted by: Anon | Dec 10, 2019 4:27:01 AM

DACA 2.0? DAPA 2.0? Obama admits years earlier he can’t do that? IMPEACH! Democrats are going to be impeached left and right in the decades following Trump’s second term.

Posted by: Anon | Dec 10, 2019 7:58:30 AM