Law 968 - Impeaching a President

Jon Decker

Jon Decker

Lecturer in Law
B.A. University of Pennsylvania, 1988
M.A. University of Pennsylvania, 1991
J.D. George Washington University Law School, 2016
Course Description:

Impeachment is our ultimate constitutional check against an out-of-control executive.  But impeachment is more than a vote on whether the president is a national menace.  It’s a dynamic and deliberative process, full of important decision points for presidents and lawmakers. 

This course will examine the explicit criteria for impeachment as articulated in the text of the Constitution.  It will also examine those rare times in American history when the House of Representatives brought Articles of Impeachment against a sitting President.  And lastly, it will explore the arguments set forth by lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle concerning the possible impeachment of President Donald J. Trump.

Course Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course students will be able to:

1.  Understand the Constitutional requirements for Impeaching a President.

2.  Be able to apply the standards for Impeachment to present day circumstances.

3.  Make a legally cohesive argument for or against the Impeachment of President Trump.