500 Legal Scholars Sign Letter Claiming Trump Committed “Impeachable Offense”


More than 500 legal scholars just signed a letter agreeing that President Trump “engaged in impeachable conduct” with his communications to the Ukraine.

The letter says,

“There is overwhelming evidence that President Trump betrayed his oath of office by seeking to use presidential power to pressure a foreign government to help him distort an American election, for his personal and political benefit, at the direct expense of national security interests as determined by Congress. His conduct is precisely the type of threat to our democracy that the Founders feared when they included the remedy of impeachment in the Constitution.”

The scholars also curiously noted in the letter that “Conduct need not be criminal to be impeachable,” echoing the trend in the Democrat sphere of things lately claiming that Congress could impeach Trump, even if he didn’t commit a crime.

Take a look at the breaking news of this that hit Twitter:

The letter signed by the 500+ "legal scholars" seems to have earned a seal of approval from House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff, who gave attention to it on Twitter:

Bear in mind, the term "legal scholars" includes Stanford law professor and top Democrat witness Pamela Karlan.

Anti-Trump law professor at Fordam University Zephyr Teachout - who once tried to run for New York Attorney-General based on campaign promises to take down Trump - says she's one of the scholars who signed the letter:

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CNN has more details on the contents of the letter and its signatures:

More than 500 legal scholars signed on to a letter published Friday accusing President Donald Trump of having "engaged in impeachable conduct" in his dealings in Ukraine.

"There is overwhelming evidence that President Trump betrayed his oath of office by seeking to use presidential power to pressure a foreign government to help him distort an American election, for his personal and political benefit, at the direct expense of national security interests as determined by Congress," they wrote. "His conduct is precisely the type of threat to our democracy that the Founders feared when they included the remedy of impeachment in the Constitution."

The letter comes after four other legal scholars testified at the first House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing Wednesday, with three of them making the case for impeaching Trump. 

The dozens of academics -- hailing from a variety of educational institutions including Yale, Columbia and Rutgers -- said in the letter that they were not taking a stance on whether Trump committed a crime.

"But conduct need not be criminal to be impeachable," the group added. "The standard here is constitutional; it does not depend on what Congress has chosen to criminalize."

St. Louis Dispatch also stated:

More than 500 legal scholars signed on to a letter published Friday accusing President Donald Trump of having "engaged in impeachable conduct" in his dealings in Ukraine.

"There is overwhelming evidence that President Trump betrayed his oath of office by seeking to use presidential power to pressure a foreign government to help him distort an American election, for his personal and political benefit, at the direct expense of national security interests as determined by Congress," they wrote. "His conduct is precisely the type of threat to our democracy that the Founders feared when they included the remedy of impeachment in the Constitution."

The letter comes after four other legal scholars testified at the first House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing Wednesday, with three of them making the case for impeaching Trump.

        

The dozens of academics -- hailing from a variety of educational institutions including Yale, Columbia and Rutgers -- said in the letter that they were not taking a stance on whether Trump committed a crime.

"But conduct need not be criminal to be impeachable," the group added. "The standard here is constitutional; it does not depend on what Congress has chosen to criminalize."

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