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High crimes and misdemeanors (2019)

a history of impeachment for the age of Trump

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Abstract

For the third time in forty-five years, America is talking about impeaching a president, but the impeachment provisions of the American constitution are widely misunderstood. In High Crimes and Misdemeanors, constitutional scholar Frank O. Bowman, III offers unprecedented clarity to the question of impeachment, tracing its roots to medieval England through its adoption in the Constitution and 250 years of American experience. By examining the human and political history of those who have faced impeachment, Bowman demonstrates that the Framers intended impeachment to be a flexible tool, adaptable to the needs of any age. Written in a lively, engaging style, the book combines a deep historical and constitutional analysis of the impeachment clauses, a coherent theory of when impeachment should be used to protect constitutional order against presidential misconduct, and a comprehensive presentation of the case for and against impeachment of President Trump. It is an indispensable work for the present moment.

Keywords

Impeachments, Presidents, History, Discipline, United States, Great Britain

Languages

English

Publisher

Cambridge University Press

ISBN

9781108481052, 9781108703765

Pages

xiv, 465

DOI

10.1017/9781108646239

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