February 23, 2018

The Week in Impeachment: 2/17/18 — 2/23/18


In this 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, then make sure your friends are registered to vote in November.


This week reinforced what we know about the Russian attack on our electoral system with new evidence, and brought to light ongoing dangers to our democracy and existential breaches of duty by a lying president who is unwilling or unable to protect us. We will focus on two areas of impeachable conduct: the president’s undermining the integrity of his office, to great harm; and his responsibility for the corruption and negligence of his appointees and associates.


First Charge: Undermining the integrity of his office, betraying his trust, lying to the public, breaching his oath to “preserve, protect, and defend,” and interfering with the administration of justice, to great harm.

The president has continually undermined the integrity of his office. He and his aides have issued false denials, attacks, and other claims about the ongoing Russia investigations, and have interfered with these investigations where possible. They have ignored accurate predictions of attacks by previous administrations and the legislature.

Examples this week:


Second Charge: Massive corruption, and conflicts of interest that compromise the country

It is obvious that massive corruption at the highest levels of government works serious harm against the US, as do conflicts that prevent officials from focusing solely on the good of the nation. The president is liable for the conduct of subordinates he appoints or retains.

Examples this week:



Corrupt, conflicted, and incompetent, President Trump engages in serious derelictions of duty, to our country’s great harm. Under the conditions he has created and plans to foster by his neglect and dereliction of duty, we can no longer trust our election process.

As former George W. Bush advisor David Frum recently observed in the Atlantic, regardless of whether the ongoing investigations prove Russian collusion from a ready and willing Trump campaign (“If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer”), Trump’s inability to counter a real Russian threat means “leaving the door open to Russian intervention on their behalf in the next election. You might call it collusion in advance — a dereliction of duty.”



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!