The Federal Impeachment Process: A Constitutional and Historical Analysis

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University of Chicago Press, Jun 15, 2000 - Law - 260 pages
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Throughout President Clinton's impeachment proceedings, the contending sides agreed on very little. One exception was The Federal Impeachment Process—the most complete analysis of the constitutional and legal issues raised in every impeachment proceeding in American history.

In this edition, Michael Gerhardt draws on his experience as a commentator and expert witness to examine the likely political and constitutional consequences of President Clinton's impeachment and trial. Placing the President's acquittal in historical perspective, he argues that it fits easily within the impeachment process as it has evolved over the past two centuries. Impeachment, he shows, is an inherently political process designed to expose and remedy political crimes. Subject neither to judicial review nor to presidential veto, it is a unique congressional power that involves both political and constitutional considerations, including the gravity of the offense charged, the harm to the constitutional order, and the link between an official's misconduct and duties.

Significantly updated, this book will be the standard work on the federal impeachment process for years to come.

On the first edition:

"The most comprehensive, analytic study of the federal impeachment process to date."—Choice

"This book is by some margin the most successful . . . analysis of impeachment issues to have been written, and it will be the standard work for years to come."—Constitutional Commentary

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Michael Gerhardt is Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law and Director of the UNC Center on Law and Government at University of North Carolina Law School. He is one of the foremost scholars on constitutional conflicts between the president and congress, and he has testified
numerous times before congress, including as the only joint witness before the house judiciary committee's hearings on the history of impeachment. He served as CNN's resident expert during President Clinton's impeachment proceedings and a frequent commentator on Supreme Court selection for NPR.

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