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Why President Trump has left us with no choice but to remove him from office, as explained by celebrated Supreme Court lawyer and former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal. No one is above the law. This belief is as American as freedom of speech and turkey on Thanksgiving—held sacred by Democrats and Republicans alike. But as celebrated Supreme Court lawyer and former Why President Trump has left us with no choice but to remove him from office, as explained by celebrated Supreme Court lawyer and former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal. No one is above the law. This belief is as American as freedom of speech and turkey on Thanksgiving—held sacred by Democrats and Republicans alike. But as celebrated Supreme Court lawyer and former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal argues in Impeach, if President Trump is not held accountable for repeatedly asking foreign powers to interfere in the 2020 presidential election, this could very well mark the end of our democracy. To quote President George Washington’s Farewell Address: “Foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government.” Impeachment should always be our last resort, explains Katyal, but our founders, our principles, and our Constitution leave us with no choice but to impeach President Trump—before it’s too late.


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Why President Trump has left us with no choice but to remove him from office, as explained by celebrated Supreme Court lawyer and former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal. No one is above the law. This belief is as American as freedom of speech and turkey on Thanksgiving—held sacred by Democrats and Republicans alike. But as celebrated Supreme Court lawyer and former Why President Trump has left us with no choice but to remove him from office, as explained by celebrated Supreme Court lawyer and former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal. No one is above the law. This belief is as American as freedom of speech and turkey on Thanksgiving—held sacred by Democrats and Republicans alike. But as celebrated Supreme Court lawyer and former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal argues in Impeach, if President Trump is not held accountable for repeatedly asking foreign powers to interfere in the 2020 presidential election, this could very well mark the end of our democracy. To quote President George Washington’s Farewell Address: “Foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government.” Impeachment should always be our last resort, explains Katyal, but our founders, our principles, and our Constitution leave us with no choice but to impeach President Trump—before it’s too late.

30 review for Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bill Kerwin

    Since Trump got elected, I’ve been addicted to MSNBC, and my third favorite legal analysts there (right after my all-time favorites, Chuck Rosenberg and Joyce Vance) is Neale Katyal, who is the Saunders professor at Georgetown Law, and a practicing a lawyer who has argued more than three dozen cases before the US Supreme Court. During the years 2010–2011, he was acting solicitor general of the United States, and, as a young Justice Department lawyer in 1998 and 1999, he drafted the special Since Trump got elected, I’ve been addicted to MSNBC, and my third favorite legal analysts there (right after my all-time favorites, Chuck Rosenberg and Joyce Vance) is Neale Katyal, who is the Saunders professor at Georgetown Law, and a practicing a lawyer who has argued more than three dozen cases before the US Supreme Court. During the years 2010–2011, he was acting solicitor general of the United States, and, as a young Justice Department lawyer in 1998 and 1999, he drafted the special counsel statute which established the parameters for Robert Mueller’s recent investigations. Impeach is a briefly, plainly written book with one purpose in mind: to convince the American people that Donald Trump deserves to be impeached, and that it is imperative that he be impeached now, for we must not wait and “let the election decide”: In many ways, both political parties would be better off it President Trump’s fate were determined on Election Day. But the challenge we face is this: President Trump has shown that he will do everything in his power, legal and illegal, to ensure he wins reelection, even if that means working with a foreign power to undermine our democracy. So asking us to wait until the election to remove him from office is like asking to resolve a dispute based on who wins a game of Monopoly—when the very crime you’ve been accused of is cheating at Monopoly. Katyal believes Trump fully deserves impeachment according to what he calls “The Pence Standard.” after a speech Mike Pence made as to the Judiciary Committee in July of 2008: ”This business of high crimes and misdemeanors goes to the question of whether or not the person serving as President of the United States put their own interests, their personal interests, ahead of public service.” Katyal believes—as I do—that the “transcript” of Trump’s call to Zelensky plus the supporting testimony of dedicated civil servants to the doings of Guliani and “The Three Amigos” in Ukraine, clearly demonstrates that Trump has placed is own personal interests ahead of public service. In addition, the fact that he has gotten away with such conduct up until now makes the situation more dire: I believe that if we fail to hold President accountable for what he did in 2019—for what he’s doing right now—we might lose our democracy altogether in 2020. The book—as you would expect it to be—is cogently argued, and the prose is forceful too. In addition, Impeach possesses a useful appendix which contains: the whistleblower complaint, the July 25th call summary, the Volker/Taylor/Sondland text messages, and Pat Cippolone’s White House letter in response to the House. I recommend this book highly. If you want a clear, concise argument in favor of impeachment, you will find everything you require in Neal Katyal’s Impeach.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jill Meyer

    I am not going to write a wild-eyed diatribe on why I think President Trump should be impeached. I'm going to review former US solicitor Neal Katyal's new book - written in three weeks - "Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump". Yes, I think Trump should be impeached and convicted - the key word here is "convicted", because two presidents have been impeached by the House but not convicted by the Senate, so they didn't leave office. And, yes, Neal Katyal and Sam Koppelman believe in the same I am not going to write a wild-eyed diatribe on why I think President Trump should be impeached. I'm going to review former US solicitor Neal Katyal's new book - written in three weeks - "Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump". Yes, I think Trump should be impeached and convicted - the key word here is "convicted", because two presidents have been impeached by the House but not convicted by the Senate, so they didn't leave office. And, yes, Neal Katyal and Sam Koppelman believe in the same thing, and wrote this book to explain to the political and legal laymen that the process to impeach would be. Katyal examines the history of impeachment as it was formed in James Madison’s “Federalist No. 51”, stating “If all men were angels, there would be no need for government”. He follows through the impeachments (but no convictions) of Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Then he goes on to the case of President Donald Trump. Neal Katyal is a good writer and explains the “Pence Standard”, which was Congressman Mike Pence’s ideas in 2008 about the who’s and what’s of impeachment. Funnily enough, they cover today’s reasons quite nicely. At this point, we have just finished the first part of the impeachment inquiry. It’s Thanksgiving 2019 and we’re going to be gathered with friends and family, where at many tables, the political talk will be fast and furious. I do think Neal Katyal’s book will help the pro-impeachmenters explain their reasons.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sharon C. Robideaux

    Extremely helpful As I read the book, I was amazed at the amount of recent information included. Revisions must have been occurring till the last second. I was also amazed by the clarity and readability. Not all legal minds write as clearly and succinctly. Thank you, Neal Katyal and Sam Koppelman. History will decide whether your suggested post-Trump reforms will occur, but it is obvious that reform is needed to prevent another such disaster.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ganapathy

    The best feature of the book is that it puts everything that has transpired into historical and legal context. Neal clarifies the convoluted and often debated “high crimes and misdemeanors” written in the constitution that warrant impeachment. Crimes are not necessarily the crimes specified in laws or regulations but, as Hamilton puts in the federalist papers, “abuse or violation of public trust”. There is a clear violation of public trust here. The Q&A section on impeachment was very The best feature of the book is that it puts everything that has transpired into historical and legal context. Neal clarifies the convoluted and often debated “high crimes and misdemeanors” written in the constitution that warrant impeachment. Crimes are not necessarily the crimes specified in laws or regulations but, as Hamilton puts in the federalist papers, “abuse or violation of public trust”. There is a clear violation of public trust here. The Q&A section on impeachment was very informative. If the president is found guilty even in just one count out of many, he will be removed. What is scary is that enforcement of the law rests on “faithful enforcement” by the very people that may be implicated in violating public’s trust. Regardless of the enforcement entity, the law should be automatic in forcing people to comply, which is not the case now. At the end of the day, even with the clear violation of public trust, the ultimate decision resides with the people. Jurors of impeachment are biased and influenced by public opinion; especially their constituents. Given the best economy, lowest unemployment in generations, highest consumer confidence, fewer wars and security threats, and highest approval among republican voters, I doubt the public’s opinion will be swayed by just moral argument. Only time will tell. Overall, the book is short and great!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shaina

    A must-read for everyone, whether you’re for or against impeachment. It clearly explains everything, and I do mean everything.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    This book will not persuade or change anyone’s views. I wanted to read it more for the historical perspective because I’m too lazy to actually read Federalist #65 or to listen to hours and hours of constitutional law professors (been there, done that). That part of the book was interesting, if a bit dry. He did a good job of explaining the “high” in “high crimes and misdemeanors.” As for the rest, anyone who pays attention to current events will be familiar with most of it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    An extremely timely book that feels like it was written right now, syncing with what we are seeing at the impeachment hearings. Also provides a solid historical background on impeachment.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Georgiadis

    The day Richard Nixon failed to answer that subpoena is the day he was subject to impeachment because he took the power of Congress over the impeachment process away from Congress and became the judge and jury. -p91, Lindsey Graham, 1998 Neal Katyal lays out a clear, unambiguous case for Trump’s impeachment and removal from office. Trump solicited interference in the 2020 election from a foreign government. This, by itself, is enough. He asked for interference (announcing an investigation into a The day Richard Nixon failed to answer that subpoena is the day he was subject to impeachment because he took the power of Congress over the impeachment process away from Congress and became the judge and jury. -p91, Lindsey Graham, 1998 Neal Katyal lays out a clear, unambiguous case for Trump’s impeachment and removal from office. Trump solicited interference in the 2020 election from a foreign government. This, by itself, is enough. He asked for interference (announcing an investigation into a main political opponent), that interference is a thing of value, and that is the crime. He then bribed Ukrainian President Zelensky (if you had any doubt about the use of this term, you will not if you read this text. Bribery is the offer of a positive reward for compliance with an act in one’s favor). DJT has subsequently gagged all WH employees from cooperating. He is obstructing a constitutional and lawful investigation that is Constitutionally enshrined. Three clear articles for impeachment are therefore available. All salient documents are reproduced in the Appendices (the very careful and clear whistleblower complaint, the jaw-droppingly immature letter from Pat Cipollone, the president’s counsel, to the Congress, and others). Of course, as Katyal says: “Trump will not be impeached by Article I, Section 4; or by Article 1, Section 3; or by Article 1, Section 9. Those words are mere parchment. President Trump will be impeached by human beings…” (p155) So Congress will decide this. The Senate will. Some of those individuals were capable of integrity once. Perhaps again. This business of high crimes and misdemeanors goes to the question of whether or not the person serving as President of the United States put their own interests, their personal interests, ahead of public service. -p119, Mike Pence, 2008

  9. 5 out of 5

    Julei

    If you are a patriot, and you believe in The United States of America and in what our founding fathers and all the patriots who followed in their footsteps defending our freedoms have fought and died for...please read this book..please. I picked it up because I do not follow politics and am about to visit my dad who does and I wanted to surprise him with some knowledge about current events... my dad raised me with integrity ..to know ...in my heart .. what is right and what is wrong (and I do If you are a patriot, and you believe in The United States of America and in what our founding fathers and all the patriots who followed in their footsteps defending our freedoms have fought and died for...please read this book..please. I picked it up because I do not follow politics and am about to visit my dad who does and I wanted to surprise him with some knowledge about current events... my dad raised me with integrity ..to know ...in my heart .. what is right and what is wrong (and I do not mean what is right for me but what is truly right and worth sacrificing for) and I believe all of you know this as well.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kanootcha

    If you read this and don't also read https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4... you are part of the problem in America. I am a neutral observer (don't live and never would in the USA). My ratings should speak for themselves as to which book I think better sums up the current situation with regard to 45, but in case you need it spelled out. This volume is partisan calamity howling, while the one I linked shows the real depths to which the insiders have gone in their attempt to oust a democratically If you read this and don't also read https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4... you are part of the problem in America. I am a neutral observer (don't live and never would in the USA). My ratings should speak for themselves as to which book I think better sums up the current situation with regard to 45, but in case you need it spelled out. This volume is partisan calamity howling, while the one I linked shows the real depths to which the insiders have gone in their attempt to oust a democratically elected president.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    The Country Should Read this bol,! Everyone should read this book! The authors dive into the history of impeachment and why it ended up being written into the Constitution... Congress's check on the Judicial and Executive branches, to ensure that elected officials didn't abuse their power for selfish gain. Most important, the yardstick rule. Everyone gets judged with the same set of facts. Imagine a person of the opposite party in the hot seat, if you would convict one then you should convict The Country Should Read this bol,! Everyone should read this book! The authors dive into the history of impeachment and why it ended up being written into the Constitution... Congress's check on the Judicial and Executive branches, to ensure that elected officials didn't abuse their power for selfish gain. Most important, the yardstick rule. Everyone gets judged with the same set of facts. Imagine a person of the opposite party in the hot seat, if you would convict one then you should convict both, regardless of party.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jim Lyons

    To say this book is "topical" is quite an understatement. Katyal is one of my favorite talking heads during the descendence of 45, and he's also a good Twitter follow as the story develops in real time. How this book could be so current will amaze you - breaking a few of the usual publishing-calendar barriers, no doubt.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Priscilla

    There Is an irrefutable case for the impeachment of Donald Trump and removal from office. This, in layman’s terms, is the Constitutional legal argument for that fact. It is one you can use when you’re arguing with your MAGA-supporter uncle around the Thanksgiving table, which is going to make absolutely no difference to him.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mimi Wolske

    Everyone can read and understand this. Mr. Katyal writes as if he sitting in the room with and talking. He says something and explains it it sounds like it needs an explanation. He provides previous impeachment history facts.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Pat Jones

    Outstanding This book clearly outlines all aspects of the pending impeachment against Donald Trump. It is not a partisan perspective. Everyone needs to avail himself of the clarity and insights provided in this work.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

    A must read!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gerald R. Potts

    Precise and logical. I have watched Neal Katyal on television. He is well-known and straight forward in his analysis. The book is the same. A MUST read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ietrio

    The argument of the bully, throwing a tantrum because a fear of losing the control they never had.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kit Redmond

    This is a good book to read if you want some honest clarity about the reasons Trump must face impeachment. It’s also a concise explanation of what impeachment is and is not.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Dittmar

  21. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tom

  23. 5 out of 5

    James C. Tilden

  24. 4 out of 5

    Maxwell

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jens

  26. 4 out of 5

    erlljanr

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ben

  28. 5 out of 5

    William Baldwin

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Sowle

  30. 4 out of 5

    Scott Helms

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