Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski’s road map report to the House of Representatives hastened the impeachment of President Nixon in 1974, but might be a bad model for Robert Mueller.
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There will be a report from the special counsel’s office, though the public won’t see it. The question is what happens after that.
Although senators might be called upon to vote on one charge at a time, they have a responsibility to consider the totality of circumstances when casting that vote.
A key dynamic is weighing on Republicans, even if removal of the deputy attorney general is unlikely.
Some presidential behavior that may not consist of discrete crimes is still within range of the serious “abuse or violation” of public trust that justifies discussion of impeachment.
The harder question to answer is whether a president can obstruct justice under the legitimate exercise of his constitutional powers.
Whether the president obstructs justice will turn on whether his actions are supported by Article II itself.
Discussion on impeachment has intensified since Donald Trump assumed office this January, but what do we know about impeachment’s constitutional design and history? Cass Sunstein, professor at Harvard Law School, recently wrote an accessible account of impeachment to separate myth from history.
The constitutional catastrophe could well be an entirely outdated understanding of impeachment.