The legal case for President Trump’s impeachment just grew stronger.
That’s one lawyer’s take as calls for his impeachment have grown louder after President Trump, in a fiery exchange with reporters, doubled down on his claims “both sides” were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville. On Tuesday Trump said, “I think there's blame on both sides. And I have no doubt about it. And you don't have any doubt about it either."
In an op-ed on Law Newz, lawyer Elura Nanos points out Article II, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution states a president can be impeached upon the “Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors.” But what exactly are “high crimes and misdemeanors?”
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Citing Harvard Law Professor Noah Feldman, she writes, while Trump’s disastrous press conference isn’t a criminal offense, the historical meaning of “high crimes and misdemeanors” is really any action that “violates the basic principles of government.” She argues under that historical interpretation, Trump’s comments defending the rally qualify as a high crime.
Unconvinced? Professor Feldman found that the initial drafting of the articles of impeachment used the words “maladministration” which basically means doing a bad job.
So as the lawyer concludes, if the House of Representatives has the courage to use Trump’s handling of Charlottesville as a legal basis for “high crimes and misdemeanors” they may have a winning case on their hands.
As she writes, an election isn’t a sentence we should be forced to endure and an impeachment is more of a performance review.