The State We’re In: Impeachment Rules—What Are They?

Last month, the United States House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump. Eventually, the Senate will determine if Trump will be removed from office. But before that determination can be made the House needs to wrap-up its work, which includes formally sending the impeachment articles to the Senate. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has held off on sending the articles of impeachment, asking the Senate to share the impeachment rules that will govern the next phase.  Smith College Professor of Government Marc Lendler and Hampshire College President Ed Wingenbach join Carrie Saldo to shed light on the impeachment process and where it stands. 

Topics of discussion include: how hotly debated the idea of impeach was when writing the Constitution 230 years ago, why Alexander Hamilton went against his own beliefs to make the case for impeachment to the American public, how the impeachment process has been interpreted through the years, and what we can expect from Senators when they take up the impeachment of Donald Trump.