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What Do Scholars Say About the Impeachment Power?

Then-Rep. Gerald Ford once defined an impeachable offense as “whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history.” But legal scholars have concluded that impeachment is considerably more law-governed, and constrained, than Ford suggested. They draw on clues from the Founders, the text and structure of the Constitution, and the history of presidential impeachments (and near-impeachments) to make varying arguments about the impeachment power and the range of impeachable offenses.

The Ukraine Connection

Statement of NSC Ukraine Expert on the Zelensky Call

Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, a U.S. Army officer and the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, will appear before the House impeachment inquiry on Tuesday. He will report that he raised concerns about President Donald Trump's July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which is at the center of the House's investigation. His opening statement is available here and below.


Former Deputy National Security Advisor Requests Declaratory Judgment on Testimonial Immunity

Charles Kupperman, the former deputy and acting national security advisor to President Trump, is seeking declaratory judgment from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia regarding whether he is immune from congressional testimony as a close advisor to the president, or whether he must testify in the ongoing impeachment inquiry. The House has subpoenaed Kupperman, but the executive argues that he is shielded by testimonial immunity. He now seeks a judgment from the court to resolve the constitutional dispute.

The Ukraine Connection

The Constitution Says ‘Bribery’ Is Impeachable. What Does That Mean?

Now that Congress has launched an impeachment investigation into President Trump’s effort to use the Ukrainian government to target a political rival, much ink has been spilled on the question of whether Trump’s actions amount to “high crimes and misdemeanors” for which he may be impeached. In analyzing the president’s conduct, some commentators have pointed to one of the two specific grounds for impeachment enumerated in the Constitution: bribery.

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