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IMPEACHMENT AND THE LAW

A Trump impeachment might be fueled by politics, but it should be governed by law

WE FREQUENTLY HEAR THAT IMPEACHMENT is a “political question,” not a legal one. After all, Congress, which brings impeachment proceedings, is a political body. Gerald Ford, then minority leader of the House, even claimed in 1970 that the grounds for impeachment are whatever the House takes them to be by voting for an indictment.

But impeachment should be a matter of law.

The Constitution does not say that the

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