To End a Presidency

The Power of Impeachment


By Laurence Tribe

By Joshua Matz

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As Congress prepares articles of impeachment of President Trump, read the definitive book on presidential impeachment and how it should be used today.

Impeachment is our ultimate constitutional check against an out-of-control executive. But it is also a perilous and traumatic undertaking for the nation. In this authoritative examination, Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz rise above the daily clamor to illuminate impeachment’s proper role in our age of broken politics.

To End a Presidency is an essential book for anyone seeking to understand how this fearsome power should be deployed.



Impeachment haunts Trumpland. Never before has an American leader so quickly faced such credible, widespread calls for his removal. By early 2018, the list of alleged “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” included abuse of the pardon power, obstruction of justice, assaults on the free press, promotion of violence against racial and religious minorities, receipt of unlawful emoluments, deliberate refusal to protect the nation from cyberattacks, and corrupt dealings relating to Russia. President Donald J. Trump fueled these fires by rejecting bipartisan norms of presidential conduct and by ferociously attacking anyone who dared to challenge him. Reeling from this onslaught, the American public has fractured. Some warn that Trump is moving us inexorably toward tyranny and global war. Others have circled their wagons, convinced that Trump is uniquely capable of saving the United States—if only political elites will let him. A dwindling group of fence-sitters finds itself besieged on all sides. Calls for Trump’s impeachment, and indignant rebukes of those calls, echo everywhere from TV screens and editorials to Facebook comments and Twitter feeds.

It’s now clear that as long as Trump holds the nation’s highest office, Americans will actively debate his impeachment. Indeed, as we write this book, over 40 percent of the US electorate supports action to force Trump from power. Roughly 30 percent of voters, in contrast, would view impeachment proceedings as a coup in disguise. In these stormy waters, it is entirely possible that impeachment investigations will already have begun when this book is published. That’s an extraordinary disclaimer to include just one year into a presidential term. But since Trump took office in January 2017, “extraordinary” has become the new normal.

Of course, that story is much larger than events in the Oval Office. These are angry, anxious times. Tempers run high on TV and social media, fueled by the chattering class and a booming outrage industry. Sharp partisan divisions poison US politics, and the government frequently struggles to govern. We’ve seen a sharp rise in hate crimes, economic inequality, drug addiction, and social conflict. We’ve also witnessed steps toward the unraveling of a liberal international order, including triumphs by right-wing extremists abroad. An unyielding sense of crisis has gripped much of the nation, centered on Trump but swirling outward into every corner of the polity. Democracy itself feels threatened by enemies foreign and domestic. Many now count Trump among those enemies, though millions still view him as the nation’s long-awaited savior.

This combination of political polarization, incendiary rhetoric, and widespread anxiety has yielded a highly unstable climate in which to debate impeachment. It’s therefore important that the American people develop a shared, well-grounded understanding of impeachment’s role in the US constitutional order. We need a baseline for reasoned discussion and disagreement. That calls for cool and evenhanded reflection, informed by the Constitution and lessons from history. It also requires nuance, rather than absolutes, and the capacity to look beyond reflexive partisan loyalties. Impeachment is not just another form of political combat; it’s an emergency measure meant to save the democratic foundation on which all other politics unfold.

In approaching this issue, we must aim to strike a balance. Intense disagreements and the pressures of partisan hostility can lead people who lose an election to view the victor as an existential threat. Over the past twenty years, the switch from “electoral loser” to “impeachment supporter” has occurred faster—and on a larger scale—than at any previous point in US history. But sore losers are often matched by self-righteous winners. Especially when the other side has cried wolf many times before, a president’s base can too quickly ignore well-founded fears of tyranny and corruption. A premise of the impeachment power is that leaders may disappoint our expectations in the most tragic and destructive ways. It’s therefore essential to resist both of these attitudes toward impeachment. The specter of a banana republic lurks at either extreme.

While casual calls for #impeachment now litter the Internet, ending a presidency this way remains a very big deal. It’s easy to forget that the United States has never actually impeached and removed a president. Although that was the likely outcome had Richard Nixon remained in office, he resigned before the House of Representatives formally approved articles of impeachment against him. On the two occasions that the House did impeach a president—Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton—the Senate ultimately acquitted, albeit in Johnson’s case by only a single vote. We therefore have no historical experience with the full consequences of pushing that red button. Instead, we’ve generally relied on presidential term limits, the forces of civil society, federalism, and checks and balances to mitigate the damage inflicted by terrible leaders.

There can be little doubt that a successful impeachment campaign would inflict enduring national trauma. For months or years, politics would shift from ordinary governance toward a grand inquest into the president’s alleged evil deeds. With the highest conceivable stakes, political interests and factions on every side would hold nothing back. The resulting enmities, cynicism, and disenchantment with democracy could persist for generations. Throughout the impeachment struggle, moreover, the United States would appear vulnerable to its enemies and unreliable to its allies. An embattled president—or his opponents—might engage in acts of desperation that shatter norms, institutions, and the rule of law. And once removed, the ex-president may not go quietly into the night. The would-be tyrant and his remaining supporters, estranged from our national community, might disavow or seek to destroy American democracy.

That’s not to say we should never end a presidency through the impeachment power. Faced with a disastrously corrupt or abusive executive, doing nothing may be far riskier than attempting to oust him. As journalist Ezra Klein notes, we must not be “too afraid of the consequences of impeachment and too complacent about the consequences of leaving an unfit president in office.”1 Especially in this era of a powerful chief executive and decreasingly effective checks on his power, thwarting a tyrant may be worth almost any price. Even then, however, the country would face a terrible choice and a rocky path forward. While an impeachment campaign might rally the public against a threat to liberty, it could also promote division and disunion.

Accordingly, in responsible discussions about ending a presidency, there are three vital questions to ask. First, has the president engaged in conduct that authorizes his removal under the standard set forth in the Constitution? Second, as a matter of political reality, is the effort to remove the president likely to succeed in the House and then in the Senate? And third, is it genuinely necessary to resort to the impeachment power, recognizing that the resulting collateral damage will likely be significant?

Put differently: (1) Is removal permissible, (2) Is removal likely to succeed, and (3) Is removal worth the price the nation will pay?

Anybody who favors impeaching a president should be able to explain why all three of these considerations support that decision. Unfortunately, much writing on impeachment comes up short. More often than not, writers adopt what we call the “Roman Coliseum” style of impeachment analysis. In ancient Rome, crowds passed judgment on defeated gladiators by voting thumbs-up (spare him) or thumbs-down (kill him). This was a yes-or-no determination that occurred in a single moment and in response to a single event. In pronouncing its sentence, the crowd didn’t have to reckon with any continuing consequences in the wider world.

We’re willing to wager that you have seen a few hundred articles that fit the Roman Coliseum formula: an account of some specific misdeed allegedly committed by the president; a sprinkling of nonspecific quotes by Framers of the Constitution; and then a solemn thumbs-up or -down on whether the president must immediately be impeached. On a rare occasion, the author might glancingly concede the wisdom of awaiting further investigation. And that’s it. The president has (or has not) committed alleged “high Crimes and Misdemeanors,” and therefore he must (or must not) be removed. Arguments about expelling the most powerful leader in the world from office are presented in a simple, one-step analysis.

As you can probably tell, we’re not fans of the Roman Coliseum style. You shouldn’t be, either. It’s quick and easy—and totally inadequate. Often it treats as the only question what should really be the first of many questions: whether the president may have committed an impeachable offense.

We’ve written this book to offer a more comprehensive, realistic, and pragmatic view of ending a presidency. Rising above the daily clamor, we map out and address the big questions presented by any impeachment. Along the way, we explore how the impeachment power has shaped (and been shaped by) the broader architecture of our legal and political systems. Many of the issues that we cover have previously received shockingly little attention. And when we arrive at more familiar terrain, such as the definition of impeachable offenses, we show that there’s more to the story than conventional wisdom suggests.

Our approach has been heavily influenced by the recognition that an impeachment is a dynamic undertaking that unfolds over months or years. Unlike a verdict in the Roman Coliseum, ending a presidency can’t be reduced to a flash-frozen judgment in which Congress votes yea or nay on particular “high Crimes” and then Americans all get on with their lives. We take seriously the fraught political path toward impeachment; the intricacies of prosecuting, defending, and adjudicating an impeachment case; and the importance of anticipating and seeking to minimize disruptive consequences that may follow. We also highlight the many decision makers involved and the many decision points they face. With these issues in mind, suspicion of “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” is revealed as just the tip of the iceberg. The public must therefore think panoramically to determine whether impeaching a president would be wise—and to decide how best to pursue or oppose an impeachment campaign.

That perspective underlies this book. It led us to divide our inquiry into six parts.

In Chapter 1, we begin at the beginning: Why have an impeachment process at all? When the Framers assembled in Philadelphia over the summer of 1787, it was hardly a foregone conclusion that they would embrace the obscure English practice of impeachment. We recount their deliberations to illuminate the original purposes of the impeachment power. We also show how the Framers structured impeachment to harmonize it with rest of their constitutional design. Building on that foundation, we identify several lessons of history concerning the use and abuse of impeachment. That discussion leads us through the contemptible efforts to remove John Tyler (1842) and Bill Clinton (1998) from office, and it concludes with Nixon and the infamous Watergate scandal.

In Chapter 2, we venture into the Roman Coliseum and explain what kind of conduct justifies impeachment. The short answer is easy: “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” But unpacking what that means—if it means anything at all—requires a deeper analysis. We give substance to this famously vague phrase by drawing on original understanding, constitutional text and structure, centuries of historical practice, and a dash of common sense. We then explain why it is wrong and harmful to think that only criminal offenses may qualify as “high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” We also show why it is appropriate to account for patterns of tyrannical conduct in formulating articles of impeachment. With a working definition in place, we then address several of President Trump’s alleged impeachable offenses.

In Chapter 3, we explore a frequently overlooked subject: Congress’s discretion in deciding whether to impeach the president when faced with credible evidence that he may have committed “high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” There can be no doubt that such discretion exists. The House of Representatives holds the power to impeach, not the duty to do so. And on many occasions—including the Iran–Contra scandal—Congress has decided against seeking the president’s removal when that was a plausible option. After situating this discretion in the Constitution, we discuss the nature and scope of Congress’s formidable power not to impeach. First, we describe other powers that Congress may invoke to address a rogue president, including censure. Next, we explain how legislators’ discretion operates at every step of the impeachment process, from the first hints of wrongdoing to a final vote in the Senate. Finally, we develop a general framework to guide exercises of the impeachment power, identifying a broad array of factors that should inform decisions about whether, when, and how to pursue presidential impeachment.

In Chapter 4, we go deeper into the halls of Congress. We begin by exploring why the Framers vested the impeachment power in the legislature, rather than in the judiciary, and why they split this power between the House and the Senate. We then consider the many implications of that fateful decision. To start, we describe what actually happens in the House and Senate during an impeachment proceeding. Because the Constitution says almost nothing on this topic, Congress’s chosen procedures illuminate how it has interpreted its own role. They also demarcate the strange, haphazard, and intensely political minefield that lawyers must navigate when advancing or opposing a case against the president. Based on this discussion of process, we consider the values and principles that should guide Congress in making impeachment decisions. With that idealized account in hand, we then discuss the wide array of partisan, political, institutional, and other factors that have historically increased the odds that Congress will support impeachment.

In Chapter 5, we offer a broad history of “impeachment talk” throughout the life of the Republic. Beginning with Thomas Jefferson and ending with Donald Trump, this colorful tale covers every impeachment resolution submitted in the House of Representatives. It also captures selected moments in which the American people aggressively debated ending a presidency but nobody initiated formal impeachment proceedings. These stories show the many and creative purposes for which impeachment has been invoked. Viewed together, they also reveal just how unusual our own era is. Impeachment talk has historically been infrequent and marginal in US politics. That held true until late in the twentieth century, notwithstanding spikes under Woodrow Wilson, Harry Truman, and Richard Nixon. But everything changed after the failed attempt to remove Bill Clinton from office. Under George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Trump, impeachment talk has become a far more significant aspect of US political discourse and strategy. We discuss that development and conclude with a warning: over the long haul, this saturation of our politics with impeachment talk is likely to do more harm than good.

Finally, in Chapter 6, we move from the past to the present and examine impeachment in a world of broken politics. By requiring that a majority of the House of Representatives and two-thirds of the Senate agree, the US Constitution ensures that no impeachment will succeed without durable, bipartisan support. But what happens when polarization, hyperpartisanship, “alternative facts,” and other forces of democratic decline make it almost impossible to achieve consensus? We conclude by asking whether the impeachment power can still achieve its underlying purpose in this strange new reality. We also consider calls to invoke the Twenty-Fifth Amendment, which provides a complex process for sidelining the president when he is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” Ultimately, we warn against recent trends toward fantastical, apocalyptic thinking about impeachment. This historical moment calls for a realistic and savvy defense of democracy. Maybe that involves ending a presidency; maybe it doesn’t. Either way, in the heat of partisan strife, the public must not lose sight of what is truly at stake: our democracy.

Through all six chapters, we emphasize the constant importance of exercising good judgment in the here and now. That may sound obvious, but a great deal of writing about impeachment implies that the Framers, the Constitution, the criminal code, Congress, or someone else has already made the judgment calls that truly matter. For example, in a generally excellent book about impeachment, Professor Cass Sunstein writes: “[The Framers] knew what they were doing. They threaded a needle. They accomplished a miracle. There’s no reason to depart from their understanding of their framework. We can’t do better than they did, and if we tried, we would probably do worse.”2 Language like this comes awfully close to misty-eyed Framer worship. It can also be read to suggest—falsely—that our role in the impeachment process amounts to little more than faithfully executing a vision set to holy parchment more than two centuries ago.

Those who wrote the US Constitution were blessed with great insight, but it blinks reality to think that their intent or understanding can answer all of our questions. Since 1789, the world and the Constitution have changed in innumerable ways, and any useful account of impeachment must reckon with those changes. They affect the scope of impeachable offenses, the odds that any impeachment campaign will succeed, and the likely consequences of pursuing (or deciding against) an impeachment. Moreover, any individual impeachment involves innumerable discrete decisions made by many different actors. On most of these issues, the Constitution speaks only in majestic generalities—if it speaks at all. We most faithfully fulfill the Framers’ vision when we respect the decisions they made, recognize the decisions they declined to make, and carefully exercise the responsibility they entrusted to us.

Acting responsibly here means recognizing that impeachment is a fearsome power. In principle, ending a presidency this way carries the potential to save or destroy the constitutional system. Because of its extraordinary danger, impeachment should be invoked only under dire circumstances. And even then, it must be handled with care. Every effort should be made to carry out the impeachment process in a manner that brings the country together rather than rending it apart. To be sure, there are times when impeachment is the last, best hope for democracy; faced with abuse and corruption of the highest order, our duty is to act. But striking at the president in a fit of passion—and without a plan for the future—risks exploding all that we’re trying to preserve. A well-intentioned effort to save democracy through impeachment could thus tragically backfire—unleashing outrage and aftershocks that exacerbate our system’s underlying dysfunctions.

As we’ll see, that is one of many paradoxes that afflict discussions of impeachment. This subject is rife with surprising and counter-intuitive dynamics that often pass unnoticed:

• In some cases, well-justified calls to impeach the president can simultaneously empower him, harm his political opponents, and make his removal from office less likely.

• When a demagogue gains power by sowing division and confusion, the importance of impeaching him may increase even as the possibility of mustering a consensus to do so diminishes.

• Because removing a truly determined tyrant may unleash havoc, the risks of impeaching a president are apt to be most extreme precisely when ending his tenure is most necessary.

• As a matter of political reality, an impeachment may be most likely to succeed in Congress when other, less extreme measures are also most viable.

To avoid these sand traps, the American people must think strategically about their response to abuse and corruption. Democracy requires vigilant protection against presidential tyranny.

If you’re reading this book in 2018, you’re probably thinking about Trump. So are we. It’s impossible to write about impeachment without confronting a president whom millions regard as a menace to liberty, but whom many others view as their hope for a better life. Our own views on Trump are no secret. We’re among the lawyers suing him for accepting illegal emoluments. We’ve opposed him on many other legal and political fronts, too. It will suffice to say that we both think Trump is an abysmal president and that we’re appalled by his conduct in office. When we discuss Trump in relation to impeachment—at the end of Chapters 2 and 5, and in Chapter 6—we pull no punches in our assessment of the damage that he has done to American democracy.

But this book is not a brief for removing Trump. It does not reflect partisan talking points, and it does not rely on “liberal” or “conservative” methodologies. Rather, we’ve undertaken a wide-ranging exploration of law, history, and politics bearing on exercise of the impeachment power. We have sought to identify general principles and frameworks that should govern any impeachment analysis. It is our hope that these ideas serve as a basis for bipartisan discussion in this divisive era. We are confident that our constitutional study will stand the test of time and will remain useful for many years to come. Whether you support or oppose removing Trump from office, we promise that this book will challenge your views and deepen your insight.

When we began this project, we ordered a copy of the House Judiciary Committee report on the impeachment of Richard M. Nixon. To our surprise, Amazon sent us a copy signed by civil rights legend John Doar, who served as special counsel to the committee. His signature was dated August 1974, the month Nixon resigned from office, and it was accompanied by an inscription: “The Constitution is well worth fighting for.”

This is a book about ending presidencies through the power of impeachment. It’s also a book about fighting for the Constitution and the democracy it protects. Whether those are the same thing—or are instead diametrically opposed—is for each of us to decide in our own time.



If we don’t allow presidential impeachment, warned Benjamin Franklin, then the only recourse for abuse of power will be assassination. In Franklin’s view, that’s what history taught about “cases where the chief Magistrate rendered himself obnoxious.” Yet assassination is a deeply flawed and unjust remedy. The victim is “not only deprived of his life but of the opportunity of vindicating his character.” Surely it would be better “to provide in the Constitution for the regular punishment of the Executive when his misconduct should deserve it, and for his honorable acquittal when he should be unjustly accused.”1

Franklin made this plea to the Constitutional Convention on July 20, 1787. By then, the Framers had already begun designing the office of the presidency. Although we now take many features of that office for granted, nearly everything was up for grabs at the Convention. Disagreements ran deep. What powers should be vested in the executive branch? Should the chief executive be one person or several? How should the chief executive be selected, how long should his term in office last, and should there be limits on running for reelection? Also, what should we call this newfangled position? (It wasn’t until August that the Convention’s Committee of Detail settled on the title “president.”)

In the thick of these debates, the Framers started to worry. They were creating a powerful chief executive to preside over a powerful federal government. Despite all the safeguards they had layered in the Constitution, including the Electoral College, evil or incompetent leaders might someday hold that position. The results of tyranny or corruption at the highest level could be devastating. Clearly, something had to be done. But what? The scope of the president’s power—and his independence of the other branches—would partly depend on who could remove him from office (and on what basis). Unless carefully bounded, the mighty power to end a presidency could too easily become the power to control a president.

As Franklin reminded his colleagues, world history offered little guidance. For millennia, nations had struggled and failed to deal with powerful leaders who jumped the rails. Ancient Athenians briefly experimented with formal ostracism, allowing the Assembly to exile any citizen, for any reason, for a period of ten years. The Romans, in turn, empowered magistrates called “censors” to expel members of the Senate for illegal or corrupt conduct—though this right of removal did not reach emperors (many of whom instead fell to usurpers’ blades). Neither the Greek nor the Roman examples came highly recommended. Indeed, virtually without exception, the history of bad rulers known to Franklin and company was a brutal, bloody, and tragic tale.

But Franklin saw a way to break that cycle. In his telling, the English doctrine of impeachment offered a civilized answer to problems once solved by assassins and revolutions. Dating to 1376, impeachment had been forged in the crucible of contests between Crown and Parliament. To curb abuse and protect its prerogatives, the House of Commons prosecuted powerful offenders before the House of Lords. This practice quickly fell into disuse after it was first invented, but a newly assertive Parliament revitalized it in the mid-seventeenth century (following the English Civil War). At that point, the political theory of rule by divine right made it inconceivable that Parliament could lawfully remove the king from power. As a workaround, Parliament instead began impeaching royal ministers—not only for personal misconduct, but also to express disapproval of royal policies. In these cases, Parliament relied on the threadbare fiction that faulty advisors must have led the king astray. Ultimately, as Professor Raoul Berger explains, Parliament used impeachment to make “ministers chosen by the King accountable to it rather than the Crown, replacing absolutist pretensions [with] parliamentary supremacy.”2

Impeachment thus had a long pedigree in England. But that wasn’t true in the New World. American colonial assemblies never enjoyed a formal right to impeach anyone for anything. The colonists, though, were nothing if not precocious when it came to thwarting tyranny. As two leading historians recount, “American men of affairs, concerned with the safety of their communities and with their own political advantage… often ignored or refashioned rules of law to fit exigency and interest.”3 By the early 1700s, many colonists had come to view the impeachment power as a birthright. During the years leading up to the Revolution, some legislatures refused to stop impeaching even when ordered to stand down by panicked royal councilors.

When Franklin spoke of assassins and alternatives at the Constitutional Convention, he invoked this rich history. Revised into an American vocabulary, the impeachment power would allow “We the People” to inflict political death—but nothing more—on tyrannical leaders who posed a grave threat to the Republic.


  • "Brilliant...In their terrific, accessible, and thoughtful new book, To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment, the Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe and the constitutional lawyer Joshua Matz do better than offering a simple yes or no: they give us a framework for thinking about the question...To their great credit, Tribe and Matz didn't write a legal brief or a political strategy memo. They instead make clear to anyone even contemplating impeachment that the decision to end a presidency isn't simple or straightforward."—Guardian US
  • "A learned, judicious, and surprisingly cautious study of the impeachment power...The clear-eyed and clear-thinking message of To End a Presidency deserves the widest audience. It is an aspirin to cool a political fever, and a hopeful summons to defend an imperiled democracy with a renewed and enlarged commitment to democratic action."—Atlantic
  • "Mr. Tribe and Mr. Matz have written a powerful, clear and even-handed guide to the legal and political aspects of impeachment...[an] enlightening book. It is the definitive treatment of a vital subject and will remain so long after this presidency."—Economist
  • "The most important book on impeachment in decades."—Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post "Right Turn"
  • "With wisdom and lucidity, they explain the origins of impeachment in the U.S. Constitution, exactly how it works, and what criteria should be used in evaluating whether impeachment is called for."—Washington Times
  • "A comprehensive, restrained, and indispensable resource on the powers and limits of impeachment... an eminently comprehensible, thorough legal, historical, and political text, a must-read guide for navigating the choppy and turbulent waters facing President Trump and the country in the days ahead."—Jewish Week
  • "Tribe and Matz provide a fair, balanced, and relevant examination of an often misunderstood function of our national government."—Booklist
  • "Impeachment is a fearsome power. This bracing, restrained, and fiercely judicious account of the process's origins and purpose explains why no U.S. president has ever been removed from office by impeachment, and what it might mean if one were."—Jill Lepore, author of the forthcoming These Truths: A History of the United States
  • "'Impeachment is neither a magic wand nor a doomsday device.' So write Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz in this deeply informed, even-handed look at how a president can be impeached and what the consequences would be. This book is essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of our democracy in the Age of Trump."—Max Boot, senior fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, and bestselling author of The Road Not Taken
  • "Very few books are accessible to a wide audience of lay people and experts, written compellingly and reading easily, while also having depth, insight, and deep scholarship. To End a Presidency is one of the rare ones. Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz have given us a thorough, lively history of presidential impeachment, enriched with strong legal and political analysis, fair-minded and thoughtful without being bland. This is an important, timely, and extraordinarily useful book at a critical time in American politics."—Norman Ornstein, resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute, and bestselling coauthor of One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet-Deported
  • "Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz have produced the single best overview ever written of the impeachment process. At a time when Americans both in the public and in government are hungry for a comprehensive and deep analysis of the subject, they have provided it. It is indispensable for our generation and for future ones to come."—Norman L. Eisen, chair and cofounder, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
  • "This is a spectacular book. It is essential, riveting reading for anyone trying to make sense of the impeachment question as citizens--or as members of Congress. Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz have a special knack for logical and historical clarity, and To End a Presidency left me not only left me knowing more, but also thinking better."—Zephyr Teachout, author of Corruption in America
  • "This is the definitive book on how to end a national nightmare. No dubious constitutional theories, just real law, real procedures, and real ideas for moving forward. Where Special Counsel Robert Mueller leaves off this book will pick up. The real deal."—Richard W. Painter, S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law, University of Minnesota Law School and chief ethics counsel for President George W. Bush

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Laurence Tribe

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Laurence Tribe is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor and a professor of constitutional law at Harvard. One of America’s foremost constitutional scholars, he is the coauthor of Uncertain Justice (with Joshua Matz) and numerous other books and articles. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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Joshua Matz

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Joshua Matz, a graduate of Harvard Law School, is the publisher of Take Care, which provides legal analysis of the Trump presidency. He lives in Washington, DC.

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