The Constitution Demands It: The Case for the Impeachment of Donald Trump

The Constitution Demands It: The Case for the Impeachment of Donald Trump


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"Read this book and learn how best to protect our democracy." —Tom Steyer, founder of

The reasons Donald Trump must be impeached — as per the Founding Fathers — and what you can do to help make that happen

Three veteran constitutional attorneys say there’s no way around it: The Constitution demands that Donald Trump must be impeached.
And in clear language using compelling logic rooted firmly in the Constitution, they detail why the time to start is now—not in the indefinite future after criminal investigations have ended. In fact, much of Trump’s impeachable conduct lies outside the scope of ongoing federal criminal investigations.
Citing charges such as accepting illegal payments from foreign governments, using government agencies to persecute political enemies, obstructing justice, abusing the pardon power, and the undermining freedom of the press, they provide the factual and legal basis for eight articles of impeachment.
In short, they argue, abuses threatening our constitutional democracy should be dealt with by the remedy that the Constitution provides for a lawless, authoritarian president: impeachment. And an informed citizenry should be part of the process.
After all, they say, impeachment is not a constitutional crisis — impeachment is the cure for a constitutional crisis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612197630
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication date: 08/14/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 527,957
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ron Fein, Legal Director for Free Speech For People, is a constitutional lawyer who previously served as Assistant Regional Counsel in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he received the National Gold Medal for Exceptional Service. He appears regularly on television and in the op-ed pages of The Washington Post, commenting on constitutional matters.
John Bonifaz is the co-Founder and President of Free Speech For People. He previously served as the Executive Director and General Counsel of the National Voting Rights Institute, and as the Legal Director of Voter Action, a national election integrity organization. A distinguished attorney, he has been at the forefront of key voting rights battles across the country for more than two decades, and is a winner of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award.

Ben Clements is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Free Speech For People and Chair of its Legal Committee.  He is also a founding partner of the Boston law firm, Clements & Pineault, LLP. His clients have included the state and federal governments, candidates for state and federal office, senior public officials, large corporations and small businesses. He is a former federal prosecutor and former Chief Legal Counsel to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.

John Nichols (Foreword) is the National Affairs correspondent for The Nation and associate editor of The Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin, as well as a contributing writer for In These Times. He is the author or co-author of numerous books, including The Genius of Impeachment and The Death and Life of American Journalism, and is a regular television commentator on political matters.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xxi

Introduction xxv

1 Accepting Unconstitutional Foreign and Domestic Emoluments 3

2 Conspiring to Solicit and then Conceal Illegal Foreign Assistance for His Presidential Campaign 27

3 Obstructing Justice 49

4 Directing Law Enforcement to Investigate and Prosecute Political Adversaries and Critics for Improper Purposes 79

5 Abusing the Pardon Power 89

6 Advocating Illegal Violence and Undermining Equal Protection of the Laws 97

7 Reckless Endangerment by Threatening Nuclear War 103

8 Undermining the Freedom of the Press 111

9 Potential Additional Grounds 125

10 Why Now? 132

Afterword 137

Selected Bibliography 141

Notes 143

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