The Case for Impeachment

The Case for Impeachment

by Allan J. Lichtman
The Case for Impeachment

The Case for Impeachment

by Allan J. Lichtman


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“Lichtman has written what may be the most important book of the year.”  —The Hill

What are the ranges and limitations of presidential authority? What are the standards of truthfulness that a president must uphold? What will it take to impeach Donald J. Trump? Professor Allan J. Lichtman, who has correctly forecasted thirty years of presidential outcomes, answers these questions, and more, in The Case for Impeachment—a deeply convincing argument for impeaching the 45th president of the United States.

In the fall of 2016, Allan J. Lichtman made headlines when he predicted that Donald J. Trump would defeat the heavily favored Democrat, Hillary Clinton, to win the presidential election. Now, in clear, nonpartisan terms, Lichtman lays out the reasons Congress could remove Trump from the Oval Office: his ties to Russia before and after the election, the complicated financial conflicts of interest at home and abroad, and his abuse of executive authority.

The Case for Impeachment also offers a fascinating look at presidential impeachments throughout American history, including the often-overlooked story of Andrew Johnson’s impeachment, details about Richard Nixon’s resignation, and Bill Clinton’s hearings. Lichtman shows how Trump exhibits many of the flaws (and more) that have doomed past presidents. As the Nixon Administration dismissed the reporting of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein as “character assassination” and “a vicious abuse of the journalistic process,” Trump has attacked the “dishonest media,” claiming, “the press should be ashamed of themselves.”

Historians, legal scholars, and politicians alike agree: we are in politically uncharted waters—the durability of our institutions is being undermined and the public’s confidence in them is eroding, threatening American democracy itself.

Most citizens—politics aside—want to know where the country is headed. Lichtman argues, with clarity and power, that for Donald Trump’s presidency, smoke has become fire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062696823
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 04/18/2017
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Allan J. Lichtman is Distinguished Professor of History at American University in Washington, DC, and formerly Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Chair of the Department of History. He is the author or co-author of eight books, including most recently, FDR and the Jews (with Richard Breitman), which won the National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish History, and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice pick and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History. He has also been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in Maryland.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Author's Note ix

Chapter 1 High Crimes and Misdemeanors 1

Chapter 2 The Resignation of Richard Nixon: A Warning to Donald Trump 21

Chapter 3 Flouting the Law 45

Chapter 4 Conflicts of Interest 67

Chapter 5 Lies, Lies, and More Lies 87

Chapter 6 Trump's War on Women 111

Chapter 7 A Crime Against Humanity 123

Chapter 8 The Russian Connections 141

Chapter 9 Abuse of Power 175

Chapter 10 The Unrestrained Trump 203

Chapter 11 Memo: The Way Out 217

Conclusion: The Peaceful Remedy of Impeachment 231

Notes 239

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