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10 December 2019 - 09:45
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Trump Impeachment:
In an open letter to congress, more than 600 academics from law schools including Yale, Rutgers and Harvard said it would be constitutional to remove the US president.

“There is overwhelming evidence that President [Donald] Trump betrayed his oath of office by seeking to use presidential power to pressure a foreign government to help him distort an American election, for his personal and political benefit, at the direct expense of national security interests as determined by Congress,” they wrote, The Independent reported.

“His conduct is precisely the type of threat to our democracy that the founders feared when they included the remedy of impeachment in the constitution,” they added.

The scholars said their conclusion was based on the evidence heard so far in the impeachment hearings of Trump’s attempt to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political rival Joe Biden.

That includes testimony from US officials Gordon Sondland and William Taylor and Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president. 

The scholars stated that they were not giving their opinion on whether the president committed a crime.

“Ultimately, whether to impeach the president and remove him from office depends on judgments that the Constitution leaves to Congress," they concluded.

“But if the House of Representatives impeached the President for the conduct described here and the Senate voted to remove him, they would be acting well within their constitutional powers," they said, adding, “Whether President Trump’s conduct is classified as bribery, as a high crime or misdemeanour, or as both, it is clearly impeachable under our Constitution.”

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