Eight legal experts on whether the president’s phone call with the Ukrainian president was an abuse of power—and if not, what the House would need to learn to arrive at an answer.[…]
‘The phone call ‘clearly establishes high crimes and misdemeanors’
Laurence H. Tribe is a professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School.
‘The readout provokes far more questions than it answers’
Miriam H. Baer is a professor of law at Brooklyn Law School.
‘It is not a smoking gun, but raises concerns’
Laurie L. Levenson is a professor of law at Loyola Law School. She was formerly an assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles.
‘If this isn’t impeachable, then what is?
David Alan Sklansky is a professor at Stanford Law School.
‘Trump revealed ‘his intent to use U.S. government resources and power to further his personal agenda’
Jennifer Taub is the Bruce W. Nichols visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School.
‘This is clearly an impeachable offense’
Richard Painter was the White House’s chief ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush.
Without an impeachment process to check the White House, ‘the office of the presidency will morph into one with virtually unlimited power’
Kimberly Wehle is a professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law, and author of How to Read the Constitution — and Why.
‘Trump conspired with a foreign government to manipulate it for partisan purposes. That’s clearly a “high crime”’
Corey Brettschneider is a professor of political science at Brown University. He is author of the forthcoming book, The Oath and the Office: A Guide to the Constitution for Future Presidents.