Pelosi announces she’s pushing forward with articles of impeachment against Trump

Professor Neil Richards of Washington University School of Law discussed the importance of separating Constitutional provisions from politics when it comes to impeachment.
3:33 | 12/05/19

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Transcript for Pelosi announces she’s pushing forward with articles of impeachment against Trump
For more now on the constitutional debate that we saw play out yesterday and the looming trial ahead. In the United States senate I'm joined by constitutional scholar Neal Richards from the Washington. University School of Law. Neil was also a clerk to former Chief Justice William Rehnquist who of course oversaw a presided over the last senate trial. Of our President Clinton it is great to see here Neal think so much for joining us. Let's talk a little bit about this constitutional. Duty we hear our politicians talking about we saw yesterday there's a bit of a divide there. Not on the evidence two X acute the constitutional duty of an impeachment where do you fall do you think the threshold has been net. Or are you seeking a murder could he. Deputies heard between. In in impeachment talk of abuse of power is it is it ironclad is Nancy Pelosi would say. I think. It's important to separate out the complete vision for the all the political cheeky pretty clear. The house has the sole power to try all in these. And out of the happier than a missile power the court won't execute well what that means and a practical math. That whenever the House of Representatives. Exit impeachable even PG. And and it similar to the senate power MacFarlane each and as a practical matter whatever they say. It is the law and is honored you all. On the eighth it's important decision to look at that in the context of the constitutional. And he's been guided the interpretation com Q and police. And it does seem very much it to be a political question as you say we keep hearing that over and over it's it's a different standard than a legal standard in a court of law. I for impeachment for sure you know it does seem that this is headed towards a senate trial you have some experience sitting in the well of history. Down there on the front lines at the last impeachment trial to what extent do you expect this process to be similar. To what you witnessed in 99 and and how much you think this would be a little bit different. The question I mean certainly. The constitution machinery at the numbers senators. The parliamentarian Chief Justice the room. All of that is thing. We're different media environment than we were in in. Thirty near the win for about 99. We're certainly in in a different social media environment and that the politics are certainly much more divided but I think. Could be quite similar where there would be out Matt Hughes that would be. Defense counsel presents. There would be the Chief Justice presiding senators seek new office and. And booting deliberating again he has happened an important news in 1990. Certainly it political. Even higher but still ended their team pennants and John given according impeachment number corporal who. Pieces or hurtful. To me that it's an combined political. Process that we see in Cindy if we get there which does seem like. It does seem likely in for potentially more explosive than the last go round although and as you and I've talked about before nail. Are we do expect the Chief Justice to may be even perhaps even more neutral than William Rehnquist was and 99 great to see you great to talk with you think you so much -- hope to have you back. Neal Richards at the Washington university School of Law. On a constitutional scholar.

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