Today I started reading Neal Katyal's compelling little book, Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump.
Katyal has personally argued thirty-nine Supreme Court cases. He's a law professor at Georgetown University. He's taught an impeachment course there twenty times.
And he's an excellent writer. Below is how his book starts out. In a bit less than 300 words, Katyal nails the case for impeaching Trump. The rest of the book is icing on the impeachment cake.
So if you're in favor of impeachment and someone questions why this makes sense, say you'd like to read them a brief argument by a noted impeachment expert.
Once I read the following, I was hooked on Katyal's book. Not that I needed much convincing about the need for impeachment. I just loved how clearly and succinctly Katyal laid out the case for impeaching Trump. Enjoy...
Imagine if it had worked.
Imagine if our president had leveraged his role as commander in chief to convince a foreign power to open an investigation into his political opponent.
Imagine if the president's rival lost the primary because news broke that he was under investigation.
Imagine if that meant the president faced a weaker candidate in November 2020 -- and won reelection as a result.
Imagine if our president owed his victory to a foreign power and we never found out.
Imagine how much leverage the leaders of that country would have on our foreign policy decisions.
Imagine how easily they could blackmail our commander in chief.
Imagine what our president would do next, knowing he could subvert our democracy without paying a price.
Now, imagine if, eventually, we did find out. But it was too late -- because he had already won.
Imagine if our president abused the power vested in him to win -- and we knew it.
Imagine what that would do to our faith in elections, to our trust in government, to our belief that we live in a democracy.
If President Trump's efforts to coerce Ukraine into interfering with our democracy had stayed a secret until the 2020 election -- if a brave whistleblower hadn't risked his career, and his safety, to speak out -- we would have fundamentally, perhaps irrevocably, lost faith in the legitimacy of our republic.
This is why we have no choice but to impeach and remove President Trump: because he wielded the powers of the presidency to serve himself instead of the people he represents; because he was willing to undermine our democracy to help his prospects of reelection; and because he has stated repeatedly and unapologetically, that he would do it again.