Monday, December 9, 2019
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)