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Podcast: What Constitutes an Impeachable Offense?

August 30, 2018 by NCC Staff


After the president’s former lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted of bank and tax fraud, questions swirled about whether the president had been implicated in criminal acts and what acts may be deemed impeachable offenses.

To shed light on when and how the Framers intended for the impeachment power to be used, Alan Dershowitz and Joshua Matz join host Jeffrey Rosen for a spirited debate. Dershowitz argues that commitment of a crime is a necessary, but not totally sufficient, condition for impeachment, while Matz counters that every crime is not necessarily an impeachable offense and an impeachable offense does not have to be a crime.

A transcript of the podcast is linked here. This text may not be in its final form and accuracy may vary, and it may be updated or revised in the future.

Today’s show was engineered by Greg Scheckler and produced by Jackie McDermott and Scott Bomboy. Research was provided by Lana Ulrich and Jackie McDermott.


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