//  5/7/18  //  Latest Developments

Over the past year, we've thought deeply about saving American democracy from rogue leaders. We've grappled with many of the most difficult legal, political, and historical questions posed by that challenge. And on May 15, Basic Books will finally release our take on the subject: To End A Presidency: The Power of Impeachment

One question that especially intrigues us is the relationship between "impeachment talk" and presidential power. When public discourse is saturated with threats of impeachment, are presidents better or worse off? What about our political system more generally? And why is it that we've seen such a stark increase in impeachment talk since the 1990s?

We tackle those questions in Chapters 5 and 6 of the book. We also addressed them in a Wall Street Journal op-ed this weekend. Here's how it opens:

The 2016 presidential election was the first campaign in American history marked by credible threats of impeachment against whoever won. This was partly because both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton had long been shadowed by charges of corruption, criminality and conspiracy. But it also reflected a more unnerving development: the emergence of a permanent presidential impeachment campaign.

Since the failed effort to oust President Bill Clinton two decades ago, calls to remove the president have become standard fare in American politics. In a stark break from the past, a whole generation has come to view impeachment talk as an ordinary feature of our partisan civil war, in which nothing is sacred and the Constitution has been weaponized.

This degradation of presidential impeachment is dangerous. It has trapped the American people in a massive “boy-who-cried-wolf” dilemma. It has turbocharged the forces of partisan dysfunction and democratic decline. And most perversely, it has left presidents freer to abuse their power. To reverse this damaging shift, we must all find our way to a more rational understanding of impeachment’s appropriate role in our constitutional order.

If you're intrigued, read the whole op-ed here. Or, better yet, go ahead and buy the book


Versus Trump: Trump Versus Trump's Banks

5/9/19  //  Uncategorized

This week on Versus Trump, Jason, Charlie, and Easha discuss a new lawsuit by the President seeking to prevent two banks from responding to Congressional subpoenas that seek information about the his business dealings. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Jason Harrow

Equal Citizens

Easha Anand

San Francisco

Versus Trump: 2-For-39

5/2/19  //  Commentary

This week on Versus Trump, Jason discusses some fascinating research about how the Trump Administration has fared in the courts with Bethany Davis Noll, the Litigation Director at the Institute for Policy Integrity. They discuss challenges to Trump's regulatory agenda, why the Administration is losing at a historic rate, what is slipping through the cracks, and what come next. Listen now!

Jason Harrow

Equal Citizens

Versus Trump: It's Here!

4/25/19  //  In-Depth Analysis

This week on Versus Trump, Charlie, and Easha discuss the long-awaited Mueller Report. They break down the report step-by-step, discuss the legal issues it raises, and have an all-around good time while they're at it. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Easha Anand

San Francisco