The framers of the Constitution understood impeachment as a vital, potent legislative check on abuse or misuse of power or other serious misconduct.
Last week, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) announced the opening of formal impeachment inquiries against President Trump. While it is easy to find reporting on the subject, those looking for the longer view may be asking for something more. With this collection of past Law & Liberty essays, we invite you to dig into the issue of the moment for yourself.
If you only have time for one essay, read Keith Whittington’s 2017 essay, What Is the Impeachment Power For?
For those interested in a deeper dive, we begin with Michael Stokes Paulsen’s informative series on the constitutional issues and opportunities presented by impeachment and presidential prosecution:
Professor Paulsen also considers a number of objections to impeachment:
In addition to Paulsen’s systematic commentary, consider the diverse perspectives offered by a number of our other authors:
by Greg Weiner
by John O. McGinnis
by Jeremy A. Rabkin
And finally, for some pre-Trump discussion of impeachment:
by Michael S. Greve (October 2016)
by Angelo M. Codevilla (August 2014)
by Greg Weiner (July 2014)