January 26, 2018

The Week in Impeachment: 1/20/18 — 1/26/18


In this first installment of our new weekly seriesThe Week in ImpeachmentBarbara A. Radnofsky, author of A Citizen’s Guide to Impeachment, takes a look at some of the potentially impeachable executive behavior that’s made headlines over the past seven days. Read it, as they say, and weep.


This week, we’ll be looking at three possible grounds for impeachment: oppressionharm by appointees, and corruption.

First Charge: Oppression

Trump may be susceptible to charges of oppression on the basis of what’s sometimes been called the “Trump Effect,” the promotion of oppression, animus, and even violence on the basis of race, nationality, gender, or sexuality, as well as attacks on the freedom of the press.

Examples this week:


Second Charge: Harm by appointees

The president can also be impeached for harms caused by the Executive Branch, including through the acts and omissions of his appointees.

Examples this week:


Third Charge: Corruption

Unsurprisingly, the president can be impeached for corruption, conflicts of interest, and ethical misconduct — his own or those of his appointees. James Madison envisioned the possibility of one form of corruption many are contemplating right now: that a president “might betray his trust to foreign powers.”

Examples this week:






A Citizen’s Guide to Impeachment is out now in paperback. Buy your copy here, or at your neighborhood independent bookstore.

Barbara Ann Radnofsky is a mother, wife, teacher, mediator and arbitrator. A lawyer since 1979, she was the first woman Texas Democratic U.S. Senate nominee and later the first woman Texas Democratic Attorney General nominee. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Houston and the University of Texas School of Law, she was honored as the Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas in 1988 and has been listed for more than 25 years in “Best Lawyers in America" in multiple areas. She lives in Houston, where she is one of many co-owners of the Brazos Bookstore, and is the author of A Citizen’s Guide to Impeachment, available now. Follow her at @TXBarbaraAnn!