"The Trump Presidency, Impeachment, and The Constitution" by Robert Sedler

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Date: November 13, 2019
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Faculty/Administration #2339 | Map
656 W. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202
Category: Lecture

The Humanities Center is proud to present as a part of its Brown Bag Colloquium Series, a talk by Robert Sedler, Law, Distinguished Professor.


The Framers[of our constitution] assumed that the first President would be George Washington and that he would exercise those powers with wisdom and great ability. But they were worried about the next President. They had to deal with the possibility that there would be a "bad' President who should be removed from office. The Framers debated a number of solutions and rejected the idea of a judicial proceeding. Instead they looked to the English parliamentary practice and came up with the idea of impeachment. Impeachment was a process by which Parliament would impeach - call into question -  an officer of the Crown for breach of duty or abuse of power. Trial would be before the Parliament, and if the officer was found guilty, the officer would be removed.

In other words, the framers made impeachment a political process in the constitutional sense in that it would be controlled by Congress instead of the courts. The courts are not involved at all. The Supreme Court has held that all questions relating to impeachment are what are called non-justiciable political questions, textually committed by the Constitution to the House and the Senate. The House makes the decision to impeach by voting out a bill of impeachment by a majority vote. Trial of the impeachment takes place before the Senate, and a two-thirds vote of the Senate is required for conviction.
These talks are free and open to the public! We also provide free coffee, tea, and cake!


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