December 8, 2019

Judiciary Committee Staff Report: Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment

Filed under: Probable Cause — Bill @ 7:31 am

Cover-House-Judiciary-Committee-Releases-Report-Defining-Impeachable-Offenses-1On December 7, 2019, the Majority Staff of the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives released a report entitled Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment.  Here is a link to that report.

I presume that this report is supposed to guide the majority party members of the House Judiciary Committee when the Committee drafts the articles of impeachment to be presented to the entire House of Representatives for its consideration.

Note this particular report is provided to inform only House members and their staffs.    While the US Senate may adopt some or all of the House majority party’s report, the Senate is by no means bound by its information or recommendations.

The report is an indicator of what the articles of impeachment the House sends to the Senate will generally contain.  Because it is an accusatory document, it is necessarily biased in its content.

It will be helpful for us citizens if the Senate would produce a companion report which goes into some detail about the exact procedures, rules, and laws that guide the Senate in adjudicating each of the articles of impeachment.

In addition to the Congressional reports that help explain presidential impeachment, readers might find it helpful to read Attorney General William Barr’s Address to the 19th Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture at the Federalist Society’s 2019 National Lawyer’s Convention Washington, DC presented on November 15, 2019.  Since separation of powers is going to be a key issue in the expected impeachment trial of President Trump, the AG’s explanation of presidential executive authority and limits was as informative as it was easily readable and entertaining.

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