Defining a Theory of 'Bribery' for Impeachment

Josh Blackman & Seth Barrett Tillman, Defining a Theory of 'Bribery' for Impeachment, Lawfare: Hard National Security Choices (Dec. 6, 2019, 12:43 PM)

7 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2019

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Seth Barrett Tillman

National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUI Maynooth) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: December 6, 2019

Abstract

The proposed articles of impeachment threaten to criminalize routine politics, such as log-rolling, by removing officeholders with dueling motivations. If Congress engages in and legitimates such tactics against the president, it may soon find itself on the receiving end of Justice Department investigations, indictments and trials. Such a precedent would make impeachment and indictments the norm whenever Congress and the presidency are held by different parties, and each branch disagrees with the policy goals of the other.

Suggested Citation

Tillman, Seth Barrett, Defining a Theory of 'Bribery' for Impeachment (December 6, 2019). Josh Blackman & Seth Barrett Tillman, Defining a Theory of 'Bribery' for Impeachment, Lawfare: Hard National Security Choices (Dec. 6, 2019, 12:43 PM). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3492627

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