Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe wants to teach Americans a lesson about impeachment, warning that it is “too important and too vital a power to be bandied about as ordinary politics.”
Trump’s most ardent critics have been calling for impeachment since the day he was inaugurated, and while Democratic Party leaders have said it’s premature to talk about impeachment, a few House Democrats have already advocated for it.
The topic emerged again last week, when Trump tweeted that he has the “absolute right to pardon myself.” Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani argued that the President could not be indicted or subpoenaed while in office, saying he would have to be impeached first. “If he shot James Comey, he’d be impeached the next day,” Giuliani told HuffPost earlier this month. “Impeach him, and then you can do whatever you want to do to him.” Meanwhile, Democratic mega-donor Tom Steyer launched new ads in his multi-million dollar campaign to impeach Trump.
Tribe’s new book To End a Presidency, written with attorney Joshua Matz, offers a guide to the process of impeachment — a power they argue “should be invoked only under dire circumstances” — and wrestles with the consequences of taking such an action.
Tribe spoke to TIME about his book, Trump’s pardon power and the trouble with impeachment.
TIME: You write that sometimes discussion of impeachment is reasonable, but most of the time it’s “needless and harmful.” Where does discussion of impeaching President Trump fall in that divide today?
Tribe: I think it’s certainly reasonable to be thinking about it. What I think is unreasonable is expecting it to serve the purpose of a magic wand. It is totally predictable that—however justifiable it might be to remove this President—it simply isn’t going to happen through the impeachment process, at least not in the very near future. It’s premature to call for it the way people like Tom Steyer are because it’s going to be like the boy who cried wolf. This is not something that we can take lightly or do more than once to any given President. Impeachment is too important and too vital a power to be bandied about as ordinary politics, the way it has been ever since the Clinton years.
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Source:: Time – Politics