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The Case for Impeachment

The Case for Impeachment

Written by Allan J. Lichtman

Narrated by Dan Woren


The Case for Impeachment

Written by Allan J. Lichtman

Narrated by Dan Woren

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Apr 18, 2017
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9780062740519
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In The Case for Impeachment, Distinguished Professor of History at American University Allan J. Lichtman illuminates exactly how the impeachment of President Trump might work by showing how his actions-past or future-make him uniquely vulnerable to impeachment proceedings. From his dealings with Russia, to his conflicts of interest at home and abroad, to the numerous civil suits involving him, Lichtman zeroes in on Mr. Trump's key areas of weakness.

Professor Lichtman also offers a fascinating look at presidential impeachments throughout American history, including the often-overlooked story of Andrew Johnson's impeachment, little known details about Richard Nixon's resignation, as well as Bill Clinton's hearings.

Many historians and legal scholars agree that we are facing uncharted political waters and most citizens-politics aside-want to know where the country is headed. Professor Lichtman has correctly predicted every Presidential election since 1984, including the election of 2016. Now, he is focusing on the 45th President of the United States, demonstrating his view that it is not a question of if President Trump will be impeached, but a question of when.

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Apr 18, 2017
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About the author

Allan J. Lichtman is Distinguished Professor of History at American University in Washington, DC, and formerly Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Chair of the Department of History. He is the author or co-author of eight books, including most recently, FDR and the Jews (with Richard Breitman), which won the National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish History, and was a New York Times Editor’s Choice pick and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History. He has also been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in Maryland.

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  • (5/5)
    The Case for Impeachment by Allan J. Lichtman is a book filled with rich information. He is the one that has predicted the last several presidential election results correctly including Trump. He also predicted that Trump would be impeached before his term would be up pointing to Trump's past behavior. The first part of the book briefly explains how the law came about and why. It then goes into the history of judges and Presidents that have had that law used on them and why. Then the juicy part...some of the laws now that can make a President be impeached. I didn't know they could be impeached for crimes they committed BEFORE they were President. The book goes into all the corrupt dealings of Trump over the years, I have followed and read a lot but boy this really lays it out. This book was put out in April of this year and none of the really top corruption is in it. He will have to add an update! I really learned a lot about our legal system. Good and bad. May it work properly for us all.
  • (5/5)
    Very solid, factual evidence not easily rebutted against.
  • (5/5)
    This is from 2017, and much has gotten worse over that time. I found myself wishing for an update in light of fast-paced developments, now that the impeachment inquiry has begun... and amazingly over something SINCE this was written. Kudos, Lichtman, for calling it on the most important point regarding impeachment (perjury), and for the strategy analysis.
  • (1/5)
    There isn't one. Get a grip on your tiny little minds.
  • (4/5)

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    Allan J. Lichtman is a distinguished Harvard professor and political historian. Two months before the election, he predicted that Trump would win, (and received praise from Trump for his perspicacity). He also predicted that Trump would be impeached (which prediction Trump overlooked). In the first part of the book, Lichtman provides an overview and history of impeachment, when it has been used, and when it should be used. The longer, second part of the book discusses and analyzes the many "high crimes and other misdemeanors" committed by Trump. And since this book was published early in his presidency (April 2017--pre-firing of Comey, pre-multiple Russia contacts revelations), the case for impeachment has only been strengthened.Following is some random information/comments from the book I want to remember:---His crimes in general terms: appointing cabinet members dedicated to destroying the institutions they head; no prior public service; a record of enriching himself at the expense of others; a penchant for lying; disregard of the law; conflicts of interest; mistreatment of women; covering up his misdeeds; dubious connections with Russia; reversing the battle against climate change.--In the section discussing the history of impeachment, he clarifies that impeachment is of a "political nature" and reaches far beyond actual crimes. The questions to be considered regarding impeachment are: 1. What are the grounds?; 2. What is the scope of presidential authority; 3. What is the president's responsibility to obey the law? Lichtman also clarifies that a president's actions before becoming president can be considered in determining whether to impeach.--Trump is a serial law breaker, including:--There were many civil law suits regarding racketeering, civil rights violations, and other illegal acts prior to his taking office.--Trump's charity: He never registered it, and by not registering it he avoided audits which would have revealed illegal self-dealing. Self-dealings included using the foundation's money to settle his personal debts. He also purchased self-portraits and sports memorabilia with his charity's funds. And he made political contributions (particularly to Pam Bondi for Florida A.G. during a time she was considering a matter involving him) with the charity's funds.--Violations of the Cuban embargo. He spent $68,000 in 1998 to explore Cuban business opportunities in violation of the embargo. This is a federal crime, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and $1 million in corporate and $250,000 in personal fines.--His N.J. and N.Y. casinos have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for violations, including for civil rights violations and bank reporting violations. When his casinos collapsed, $1.5 billion dollars was lost by investors.--His fraudulent university led to a federal class action suit charging racketeering violations. He settled the suit for $25 million shortly before entering office.--His exploitation of undocumented immigrants. He built Trump Tower in NYC using undocumented Polish workers. He failed to pay them, and ultimately they brought suit against Trump, who dragged the suit out for 15 years before settling. In addition, Trump Modeling Agency has a history of using undocumented immigrants, and taking advantage of them financially.--Trump's Conflicts of InterestThese mostly arise because of Trump's failure to divest himself of his business interests contrary to the practice of past presidents. Some of these include:--Dealings with the Philippines and Duterte--The head of the Trump Tower in Manila was appointed by Duterte as a special envoy to the U.S. at a time when there are sensitive issues about aid to Philippine trade and U.S. military arrangements in the Philippines.--Dealings with China--In February 2017 a number of trademark rights were issued to Trump business interests by China. (Trump had spent a decade and hundreds of thousands of dollars seeking these trademark rights). Experts have stated that this action by China was unprecedented. It occurred right after Trump ended his flirtation with a "Two China Policy." In addition, Trump has failed to label China as a currency manipulator as promised during his campaign. Trump also has a 30% stake in a company owing $950 million to lenders including the Bank of China. --Trump's debts (largely unknown) also constitute a conflict of interest. We know that Trump owes more than $1 billion to 150 financial institutions. The government has to make regulatory and policy decisions regarding these institutions. Two of his largest creditors, Wells Fargo and Deutsche Bank have been sanctioned for fraud and Russian money-laundering.--Domestic conflicts--Melania's and Ivanka's stated intents to profit from the office.The book also goes through his history of lies (too numerous to list here). Lichtman points out that the lies can jeopardize national security, in addition to covering up crimes. What we know about Trumps Russian connection has largely expanded since publication of this book. Lichtman goes into something I had never considered: crimes against humanity, which broadly include actions taken by Trump to deny or reverse measures taken to remedy climate change. At the time the book was published Trump hadn't withdrawn from the Paris Climate Accord, but Lichtman mentions that if Trump were to do so, it might be one of the grounds for impeachment. He also mentions the appointment of the following cabinet members: Scott Pruitt--EPA; Rick Perry--Energy; Rex Tillerson--State; Ryan Zinke--Interior.This book is a valuable read for the way it sets everything out in a logical, factual and methodical way.Recommended.4 stars

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    This book was an educational exposition into impeachment that I wasn't aware of. Maybe President Trump should read his book. Oops I forgot. President Trump doesn't read anything.

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    Lichtman, who had correctly predicted the previous eight presidential elections, applied his usual model to an analysis of the 2016 election and, two months before the election, predicted that Trump would win. But he went further and analyzed "Trump's past and proven behavior, as well as the history of politics and impeachment in our country" and concluded that while Trump would be elected, he would also be impeached. This book lays out Lichtman's rationale. It includes events through April, 2017, so the events of recent months (meetings in Europe, Comey and the special prosecutor, and the withdrawal from the Paris climate accord) had not yet occurred.Other than his prediction for November, I was unfamiliar with Lichtman when I picked up this book, but whatever his actual political affiliation, he is a committed critic of Trump. Whether a Trump supporter would ever read this I can't tell, since factual evidence has seemed so suspect to them, but the book is very heavily footnoted, so if they'd like they could double-check and weigh each piece of evidence Lichtman provides. There is one aspect of Trump's behavior and its possible repercussions that was completely new to me: the possibility of the International Criminal Court becoming involved because of the "crime against humanity" of environmental damage, recently added to their remit.The book will give Trump adversaries mixed feelings. First: here's a book about what we hope will happen!!! The first few chapters present the cases of the three presidents who have been threatened with impeachment: Andrew Johnson (Lincoln's successor, acquitted by the Senate), Bill Clinton (acquitted by the Senate), and Richard Nixon, who resigned before proceedings began after he was informed by Congressional leaders that he would be both impeached and convicted. But then there is the rest of the book, which lays out Trump's history and his first few months as President, and it is a thorough, and thoroughly depressing, read. There is just so much to choose from, and for myself, I found it overwhelming that he's been able to proceed this far without being really threatened with impeachment or sanction. It's one thing to follow the news day by day, but to see it all laid out in one place is to realize how much one person with power can thwart morality, the Constitution, and the American ethos. On the other hand, as pundits continue to tell us, preparing for impeachment can take years, and at least people like Lichtman are keeping a record. I just hope it proceeds quickly enough to avoid permanently changing our institutions past the point at which they can be repaired.There is one awkward chapter towards the end: a letter to Trump about what he needs to do to avoid impeachment. Considering that it's well known that Trump hates to read and loathes criticism, it seems affected to use this format. To Trump supporters I'd say, read this to see what the fuss is about. For his foes, read it to give yourself hope.

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    The author, Alan J. Lichtman, of this book is the Harvard professor who predicted against all odds that Donald J. Trump would be elected president in 2016. Trump was so impressed with this prediction that he acknowledged the author with a congratulatory tweet. However, as is in his character, Trump only read the part of the prediction that he liked and ignored the rest. This author also predicted, based on Trump's personality and previous actions, that he would be impeached. In this book Lichtman discussed the history of impeachment, how it works and when it has been and should be used. He then lays out the case for the impeachment of Trump. It is well thought out and reasoned. His arguments are sound. What is even more frightening is that the case appears to gain strength on an almost daily basis. This is a book for every American to read, whether you are a Trump supporter or not.

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    2 people found this helpful

    The ease of the author walking the listener through the process of impeachment.

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    This is the most beautiful thing I have listened to of late. It brought joy to my heart.

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