The Politics of Impeachment

Jim Newell of Slate and author Cass Sunstein of Harvard Law School discuss impeachment on the governmentality podcast.
By Allen McDuffee
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Before Donald Trump even took office, some of his most vocal detractors were already calling for impeachment. But after nearly a year of political, moral and legal controversies, that number has grown — with several polls showing that as many as half of Americans believe President Trump should be impeached. And that sentiment has been amplified by calls from Capitol Hill and a massive ad campaign by one billionaire — all who want Trump out of the Oval Office.

On this episode, I talk to Jim Newell, staff writer for Slate about the growth in impeachment rhetoric and how Democratic leaders are attempting to tamp that down. And, in the book chat, I’ll speak with Harvard Law School professor Cass Sunstein about his new book, Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide.

Note: Since my interview with Jim Newell, Rep. Al Green has put an impeachment resolution on the House floor for a vote. It failed by a 364-58 vote. 

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Guests:

Jim Newell is a staff writer at Slate covering Congress. His feature article, “Ixnay on Impeachmentay,” covers the effort by Democratic leaders to tamp down on impeachment rhetoric within their own party. Follow him on Twitter: @jim_newell.

Cass Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School and the author of Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide. Follow him on Twitter: @CassSunstein.

Discussed on the show:

Rep. Al Green calling for the impeachment of Donald Trump.

Ezra Klein’s recent story: “The case for normalizing impeachment

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The governmentality podcast was produced and edited by Michele Zipkin. The show’s music was composed and performed by Jeremy Carlstedt.

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