Report: Democrats Consulting with Radical Pro-Impeachment Harvard Professor Laurence Tribe

Sunday, December 8, 2019
By Paul Martin

8 Dec 2019

Democrats are consulting with Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Tribe, who has pushed for impeachment since before Donald Trump took office in 2016, as they prepare articles of impeachment.

The New York Times reported Saturday: “Laurence H. Tribe, the constitutional law professor at Harvard, planned to travel to Washington on Saturday to discuss impeachment with Democratic members, kept in town over the weekend for two lengthy prep sessions.”

Update: Tribe later confirmed the report:

Tribe declared in December 2016 that Trump’s impeachment “should begin on Inauguration Day,” basing his argument on a dubious interpretation of the Emoluments Clause.

Later, in May 2017 — less than five months into the Trump presidency — Tribe wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post declaring: “The time has come for Congress to launch an impeachment investigation of President Trump for obstruction of justice.” He called Trump a “danger to our system of government.”

Though the House Judiciary Committee’s staff report, released Saturday, on the legal and constitutional basis for impeachment declares that impeaching the president is a “last and most extraordinary resort,” it relies heavily on Tribe for its analysis.

For example, it cites Tribe in one of its most dubious arguments, using the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson in 1868 — almost universally recognized as a mistake — to claim that presidents can be impeached for “illegitimate motives” even if they have acted lawfully.

Notably, the report completely ignores the testimony of the four “experts” who appeared before the Judiciary Committee last week.

As the photograph above indicates, Tribe worked with then-Vice President Joe Biden in the Obama administration on an initiative to expand access to legal assistance to the needy.

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