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To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment by Laurence H. Tribe
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“(1) all presidents use power in controversial ways; (2) it is improper to impeach based on mere partisan disagreement; and (3) there are many kinds of misconduct that can justify impeachment.”
Laurence H. Tribe, To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment
“As the Framers knew, democracy can fall to charismatic demagogues, would-be monarchs, self-interested kleptocrats, sophisticated criminals, and high-functioning morons.”
Laurence H. Tribe, To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment
“The vast majority of presidential abuses are properly addressed through normal legal and political checks.”
Laurence H. Tribe, To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment
“American democracy deals with unpopular or unwise presidents by checking them, balancing them, and running out the clock on their four-year term.”
Laurence H. Tribe, To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment
“Impeachment is not an extension of ordinary political debate; rather, it is reserved for conduct that threatens the very terrain on which such debates occur.”
Laurence H. Tribe, To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment
“Impeachment should occur when a president’s prior misdeeds are so awful in their own right, and so disturbing a signal of future conduct, that allowing the president to remain in office poses a clear danger of grave harm to the constitutional order.”
Laurence H. Tribe, To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment
“Impeachment is not just another form of political combat; it’s an emergency measure meant to save the democratic foundation on which all other politics unfold.”
Laurence H. Tribe, To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment
“Put differently: (1) Is removal permissible, (2) Is removal likely to succeed, and (3) Is removal worth the price the nation will pay?”
Laurence H. Tribe, To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment
“fake drug named Impeachara: Do you find yourself feeling depressed? Hopeless? Having trouble sleeping? Struggling with frequent panic attacks? Irritability? Constant arguments with family? Friends? Or even friends of friends on Facebook? Yelling at your phone or computer screen? And that constant urge to pull out your hair… You may be suffering from T.I.A.D., “Trump Induced Anxiety Disorder.” Impeachara may help… Impeachara works on your brain’s neurotransmitters and optical receptors convincing you that Donald Trump has already been impeached. Not all patients have the same reactions. Results may vary. Side effects may include elation, the ability to focus on work and family again, and reconnecting with people you called ignorant fuckfaces on social media.69”
Laurence H. Tribe, To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment
“the public has grasped that the Constitution demands wrongdoing of a very high order to justify impeachment”
Laurence H. Tribe, To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment
“If we don’t allow presidential impeachment, warned Benjamin Franklin, then the only recourse for abuse of power will be assassination.”
Laurence H. Tribe, To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment
“Without an impeachment process, presidents could obtain office corruptly and then enjoy the poisonous fruit of their own electoral treachery. Democracy itself might be destroyed.”
Laurence H. Tribe, To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment
“Many Constitutional Convention delegates also worried that presidents might be tempted to accept foreign bribes and conspire with enemy powers.”
Laurence H. Tribe, To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment
“high Crimes and Misdemeanors” was understood as limited to serious misconduct that inflicted injury on the state itself.”
Laurence H. Tribe, To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment
“use of the word high is revealing. In Britain, high treason involved a crime against the Crown—as distinguished from petit treason, the betrayal of a superior by a subordinate. The Framers knew this and deliberately chose to incorporate the word high as a limitation on impeachable offenses.”
Laurence H. Tribe, To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment
“The Constitution is well worth fighting for.”
Laurence H. Tribe, To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment
“We should] treat as impeachable those offenses, and only those, that a reasonable man might anticipate would be thought abusive and wrong, without references to partisan politics or differences of opinion on policy.”
Laurence H. Tribe, To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment
“in the improbable event that the president attempts to pardon himself for committing federal crimes (which likely would be unlawful), he can’t thereby preclude his own impeachment.”
Laurence H. Tribe, To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment
“When we think about “high Crimes and Misdemeanors,” we must ask: Will we survive this presidency, and, if we do, what kind of nation will we have become?”
Laurence H. Tribe, To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment