More than 500 legal scholars have signed on to an open letter asserting that President Trump committed “impeachable conduct” and has “betrayed his oath of office,” adding articles of impeachment must be drafted.
The 520 law professors said in the letter posted to Medium that impeachment does not require a crime, but rather an abuse of the public trust.
“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,” the professors 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,” they added.
Their letter comes a day after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she was “asking our chairmen to proceed with articles of impeachment” into Trump.
“Overwhelming evidence made public to date forces us to conclude that President Trump engaged in impeachable conduct,” the letter said.
The professors wrote that if the House and Senate respectively voted to impeach and remove Trump, they would be “acting well within their constitutional powers.”
“Whether President Trump’s conduct is classified as bribery, as a high crime or misdemeanor, or as both, it is clearly impeachable under our Constitution,” they said.
Earlier this year, Protect Democracy gathered signatures for a similar letter, in which hundreds of former federal prosecutors signed on to a statement asserting that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s findings would have produced obstruction charges against Trump — if he were not a sitting president.
“But conduct need not be criminal to be impeachable,” the group of professors wrote. “Impeachment is a remedy for grave abuses of the public trust.”