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Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide

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In establishing the role of chief executive, the Founding Fathers clearly wanted to avoid creating an American monarch. The president would be constrained not only by the other two branches of government, but by the constitutional design behind impeachment, which was intended to hold presidents accountable in cases of abuse of power. But when is impeachment appropriate? What sort of actions would qualify as “high crimes and misdemeanors”? Cass R. Sunstein, in his book Impeachment:  A Citizen’s Guide (Harvard, 2017), traces the language of the Constitution and the debates of the framers to give us a clear outline of the general standards to be used by the House when impeaching, and by the Senate when trying impeachments. He goes on to analyze various types of presidential wrongdoings to help us understand which would be impeachable, which would be debatable, and which would not be impeachable. It’s important to note that this book is not meant as a polemic. In the first chapter, Sunstein states, “With the goal of neutrality in mind, I am not going to speak of any current political figure. I am going to focus on the majesty, and the mystery of impeachment under the U. S. Constitution.” Join us!

Class Details

4 Sessions
Weekly - Tue

Wieboldt Hall

Dan Burns 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
7/10/2018 - 7/31/2018 Weekly - Tue 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Dan Burns  ClassRoom