Law Professor: It Would Be ‘Patriotic’ for Trump to Resign

Saturday, January 4, 2020
By Paul Martin

4 Jan 2020

University of Baltimore School of Law professor F. Michael Higgenbotham argued in a recently published CNN column that it would be “patriotic” for President Donald Trump to resign. The professor believes Trump resigning would “begin the process of healing.”

University of Baltimore School of Law Professor F. Michael Higginbotham published a column for CNN last week that made the case that it would actually be a “patriotic move” for President Trump to choose to resign.

The column, which was entitled “The patriotic move is for Trump to resign,” accused President Trump of participating in a “cover-up” of an investigation into his political opponents. Higginbotham claims that former Vice President Joe Biden is innocent of all wrongdoing. Biden has faced intense scrutiny over his son’s professional relationship with a Ukrainian oil company

Higginbotham compared Trump to President Richard Nixon, who resigned in disgrace in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal. The column goes on to praise Nixon for his design to resign, a decision that Higginbotham describes as Nixon emphasizing “country over personal considerations.”

But Nixon emphasized country over personal considerations in deciding to resign. While most historians believe the full House would have voted to impeach, and the Senate would have secured the necessary two-thirds vote for removal, the trial process would have been extremely divisive and painful for the country.
In retrospect, we will never know whether a show of stubbornness — like Trump’s — might have switched the political dynamic and persuaded the Senate to not convict, but we can instead be grateful that Nixon did not put the system to the test.

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