With an Introduction by Acclaimed Legal Scholar and New York Times Bestselling author Alan Dershowitz, The Official Impeachment Inquiry Report on The Results of The Trump-Ukraine Investigation—Plus the Articles of Impeachment and the Republican Report Disputing the Results of the Democratic Investigation.
Donald Trump is on the verge of being only the third US President impeached by the House of Representatives, but is this a case of a president abusing his power and obstructing justice, or is it a partisan witch hunt protecting the Deep State? Can you trust the mainstream media, or do you want to read the Report for yourself?
This groundbreaking report—released by the U.S. House Of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, chaired by Adam Schiff—contains the results of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s actions as he sought for Ukraine to announce investigations into Hunter Biden, as well as the Committee’s conclusions about whether those actions are impeachable offenses.
Covering topics ranging from the anonymous whistleblower’s first attempts to spread the word about Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, to the Congressional testimony of Trump’s advisers and ambassadors, to the statements of Rudy Giuliani and William Barr, and even the President’s efforts to influence the inquiry, The Impeachment Report offers readers the full findings of the Intelligence Committee’s investigation, the articles of impeachment themselves, a rebuttal report from Republican representatives that disputes the process and results of the Democratic investigation, an introduction by esteemed attorney Alan Dershowitz, and information about the impeachment process itself. It is the ultimate resource for anyone who wants to know whether impeachment is warranted, and is a critical text in the ongoing back-and-forth battle to protect American democracy.
INTRODUCTION HAMILTON’S NIGHTMARE By Alan Dershowitz
Alexander Hamilton warned that in the context of impeaching a president, “the greatest danger [is] that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties, than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.” He worried that impeachment “will seldom fail to agitate the passions of the whole community, and to divide into parties more or less friendly or inimical to the accused.”
In order to avoid these dangers, and assure that no president could be impeached without broad bipartisan support, the framers of our constitution deliberately made it difficult to impeach and remove a duly elected president based on one party having a temporary majority. They imposed four daunting prerequisites—barriers—to impeachment, and another even more daunting barrier to removal (a two-thirds supermajority). To be found guilty (Hamilton twice used the word “guilt” in discussion impeachment) of an impeachable offense, a president must have committed “treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” If he did not commit at least one of those designated offenses, he could not constitutionally be impeached, regardless of how bad a president he was in the eyes of a majority of the House of Representatives. Even if a president committed one of the specified offenses, Congress retained the discretion not to impeach him if his offenses did not rise to the level of abuse of office. In other words, commission of one of the designated offenses was a necessary but not sufficient condition for impeachment. Abuse of office, coupled with a designated crime, would be both necessary and sufficient, but abuse of office, without a designated offense, would not be enough to impeach.
The words chosen by the framers have meanings that were well understood at the time.
Treason is defined in the constitution. Bribery had a long common-law meaning. Both are serious high crimes. When the framers modified...