Author(s): Neal Katyal; Sam Koppelman
What is impeachment? How does it work? And why is it so urgent to impeach Donald Trump? In this clear and direct book, celebrated Supreme Court lawyer and former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal explains what impeachment is, why it's in the U.S. constitution and why Donald Trump has left Congress and the American people with no choice but to remove him from office.No one is above the law. This belief is fundamental to how the American system of government is meant to function - as fundamental as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness - held sacred by Democrats and Republicans alike. But as Katyal argues in Impeach, if President Trump is not held accountable for repeatedly asking foreign powers to interfere in the 2020 presidential election, this could very well mark the end of US democracy. To quote President George Washington's Farewell Address: 'Foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government.' Impeachment should always be a last resort, explains Katyal, but the founders, core principles, and the Constitution leave no choice but to impeach President Trump - before it's too late.
“Neal Katyal, a law professor and former acting US solicitor general, has set out “the case against Donald Trump” in his book Impeach. An experienced trial attorney who has argued before the US supreme court, Katyal knows how to present evidence and convince a jury. The result is essentially a primer for impeachment: first its basic rules and logic, and then why he considers the publicly available evidence to be so damning.
To make his case Katyal carefully takes the reader through the language of Article II, Section 4 of the constitution, which states that the president and other public officials should be removed from office for “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors” – arguably the most widely misunderstood aspect of impeachment. The concept of “high crimes” comes from English common law, widely understood at the time to mean not an especially severe crime, but rather a different category of wrongdoing: namely, abuse of public trust. Only a public official can be guilty of a “high crime” by definition – it has nothing to do with criminal statutes.
The constitution leaves the Senate with enormous latitude in how – or even whether – it should conduct the impeachment trial. Current Senate rules say [Senator leader Mitch] McConnell must hold the trial, but he could change those rules; and even if he decided that was politically unwise, nothing stops him from running a kangaroo court. Katyal’s only remedy is to hope for the best. For Senator McConnell to try to block the evidence from being carefully heard and considered would be a profound dereliction of his job,” he writes. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?”
Sarah Churchwell – The Guardian (JC BookGrocer)