The Trump impeachment episode: Party wars and the Constitution


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February 24, 2020

Claire Finkelstein, Jonathan Turley

Hosted by Sidney Milkis

The House impeachment and Senate trial of President Trump raise a number of important questions about American democracy. Did the Trump administration’s actions warrant Congress’ use of this rarely invoked constitutional authority? Did the hope of many scholars that impeachment would educate the American people about the dangers of executive power disintegrate into partisan theater? How did the Trump impeachment compare with the impeachment investigations of Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton? How will the impeachment and acquittal of Trump affect his and future presidents' exercise of executive power? How will the Trump impeachment—the first to charge a president running for reelection—affect the 2020 election?