Impeaching a President

Leland Chan

11 a.m., February 9, 2020

You’ve heard the testimony and the evidence. You’ve heard the pundits. But what does the Constitution say? The answer is “not much”.

The framers subjected the President (and the VP and “all civil officers”) to impeachment, but they were short on details. Over the years the Supreme Court has filled in some gaps, as has Congress. What are “high crimes and misdemeanors”? Is it necessary as a condition of impeachment that the President has violated an existing law? Is the impeachment process intended to be “political”?

Most would say yes, but does that mean it should be “about politics”? Doesn’t impeachment undermine elections?

We will tackle these questions and more and, by the end of the presentation, we will get a better sense about how to answer them in a way that is consistent with our cherished traditions.

Our presenter Leland Chan is an attorney living in San Francisco and a professor of law.


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