On January 13, 2021, President Donald Trump was impeached for an unprecedented second time by the House of Representatives in the wake of the January 6 attack on the Capitol by a violent mob of his supporters. What does history have to teach us about this extraordinary moment in American politics? Below are a selection of recordings from past public programs that tackle the power of the executive branch and the implications of impeachment. They feature some speakers who are very much in the mix as this news unfolds, including frequent commentators Laurence Tribe and Neal Katyal; Bob Bauer, a legal advisor to President-elect Joe Biden; and Lisa Monaco, who has been nominated to be Deputy Attorney General in the Biden administration.
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series:
The Presidency and Impeachment
October 11, 2018
The framers established standards for impeachment of a sitting United States president, but how has the text of the Constitution been interpreted and enforced throughout American history? Leading constitutional scholars Akhil Reed Amar, Philip C. Bobbitt, and Benno Schmidt debate what constitutes an impeachable offense.
Ann and Andrew Tisch Supreme Court Lecture
To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment
May 4, 2019
In an era of expansive presidential power and intense partisanship, should we be rethinking impeachment for the 21st century? Legal scholars Laurence Tribe and Neal Katyal discuss the history and future of our democracy’s ultimate sanction and how it should be used now.
The Bonnie and Richard Reiss Lecture in Constitutional History and Law
October 16, 2019
How have Presidential powers helped or harmed the balance of power in our country, and what has been their effect on our democracy? Are there certain presidents who have abused their presidential powers or used them more effectively? Join leading experts Bob Bauer, Charlie Savage, and Lisa Monaco as they discuss the controversies surrounding this issue both historically and today.
Image: The White House, Washington, D.C., undated (ca. 1920-1925), Herman A. Blumenthal photograph collection, approximately 1905-1939, Patricia D. Klingenstein Library