It’s worth taking a step back to understand how Trump’s recent actions deviate from the contemporary legal framework governing inspectors general.
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On Monday night, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R.-Ky.) released his proposed rules for the Senate impeachment trial. The resolution can be found here and below.
The Soleimani strike was likely within the president’s domestic legal authority to pursue. But in certain ways, it may push that authority’s limits.
The American drone strike last night that killed Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Quds Force, is a seismic event in U.S.-Iranian relations—and for the broader Middle East. We put together an emergency podcast, drawing on the resources of both Lawfare and the Brookings Institution and reflecting the depth of the remarkable collaboration between the two.
The House Committee on the Judiciary on Dec. 15 released its report on the impeachment of President Donald Trump. The report will accompany the articles of impeachment againt Trump, which will be sent to the Rules Committee and then brought to the House floor this week for consideration.
The House is on the right track, but there are minor changes could strengthen the draft.
The Trump administration’s refusal to engage the committee has a small problem: two federal obstruction of justice statutes.
Impeachment is both a political and a legal process. It is not unconstrained by precedent, nor is it controlled by it. In the course of impeachment, legislators may be guided by a sense of constitutional responsibility, but they also keep their eye on public opinion polls. They are sensitive to the constitutional history they are writing. Lawmakers also prefer reelection to defeat. Nothing they say in one moment about process or substance may hold under the pressure of events or swings in public sentiment.
All that’s left to defenders of President Trump in Congress is to make noise.