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trump can be impeached even if he didn't commit a crime

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trump can be impeached even if he didn't commit a crime

president donald trump's lawyer john dowd argued that a president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer. (it sounds better in french — " l'etat c'est moi!") he was swiftly denigrated by lawyers and lay pundits, who pointed out that "several court cases and articles of impeachment — as well as, in the words of one expert, 'common sense' " — suggest otherwise.however, it's also important to recall that the end game here is not necessarily conviction (in office or after trump leaves) but impeachment. even if dowd's theory were correct, it doesn't protect trump from impeachment and possibly removal from office.ben wittes of lawfare blog reminds us:"congress is free to regard as an abuse of power worthy of impeachment any number of valid exercises of presidential authority. those that obstruct justice strike me as no different ... [i]t's perfectly possible that a pattern of obstructive conduct with respect to the russia investigation can offer reasonable grounds for impeachment even if the criminal obstruction statutes themselves cannot reach the president's conduct. impeachment depends ultimately on abuse of power, not on criminal law violation, and abuses of power emphatically do include abuses of lawful power."a president can both commit a crime and commit an impeachable offense, but the latter doesn't require criminal activity. it may be true that trump wants lawmakers to think criminality is required, but by his logic c...