Sunday, October 20, 2019
Three hundred law professors signed on to a letter authored by Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of Berkeley School of Law.
The letter is in response to White House Counsel Cippoline's misleading comments about the impeachment process. Among those was a remark that the House of Representatives must vote to authorize an impeachment investigation before one may begin. A backlash began immediately with lawyers demanding that Cippoline's letter be retracted. Dean Chemerinsky felt it important that law professors weigh in.
The letter states in part: “Quite the contrary, the Constitution does not mandate the process for impeachment and there is no constitutional requirement that the House of Representatives authorize an impeachment inquiry before one begins,” the law professors’ letter reads. “Cipollone wrongly condemns the impeachment inquiry as the House ‘seeking to overturn the result of the 2016 election.’ This fails to recognize the seriousness of the charges against President Trump for abusing executive power for personal political gain and violating federal election law.”
To read the complete letter click here.