For only the third time in the nation’s history, the decade of the 2020s begins with impeachment of a U.S. president. The first three years of the Trump presidency is characterized by: incitement of rampant political and racial polarization; multiple lies to the public on a daily basis from the president and administration; unprecedented cabinet and high level administrative personnel turnover; multiple convictions and sentencing of high level election campaign and administrative officials for crimes sounding in bribery and corruption; an investigation by Robert Mueller into Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. elections; continuous violations of the Constitutional emoluments clause . . . and the list continues.
Donald Trump’s presidency proves so divisive that talk about his impeachment begins immediately as the Democratic Party reclaims control of the House of representatives following the 2018 mid-term elections. Just a day after the conclusion of the Mueller investigation into Russia’s 2016 election interference, President Trump calls the president of Ukraine and requests an investigation into his political rival Joseph Biden in exchange for release of nearly $400 million of congressional mandated military aid. As yet another Constitutional crisis during the Trump Presidency has come and gone, now is a good time to examine the history and role of impeachment, how it works, the Trump saga, and implications for the future.
Recommended CitationLawrence J. Trautman, IMPEACHMENT, DONALD TRUMP AND THE ATTEMPTED EXTORTION OF UKRAINE, 40 Pace L. Rev. 141 (2020)
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