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5 Experts You’ll Be Hearing From if Trump Ever Gets Impeached

Your talking head cheat sheet.

Moderator Akhil Reed Amar (right) in conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito (left) in 2015. Amar is a leading constitutional-law expert who wrote the foreword for Impeachment: A Handbook. Photograph by Cliff Owen/AP Photo.

Will Donald Trump face impeachment proceedings? We have no idea. But if he does, you could be seeing a whole lot of these experts on the presidential removal process:

1. Akhil Reed Amar 

The classic book on the subject is Impeachment: A Handbook. Unfortunately, its author, Charles L. Black Jr., died in 2001. Fortunately, Yale prof Amar wrote the foreword for a 1998 reissue—and is a leading constitutional-law expert himself.

2. Yoni Appelbaum

His recent cover story in the Atlantic is a long, carefully considered, historically informed argument in favor of impeaching Trump.

3. Susan Low Bloch

During the Bill Clinton proceedings, this Georgetown Law prof testified before the House Judiciary Committee about how to define impeachable offenses.

4. Timothy Naftali

The NYU professor co­wrote the 2018 book Impeachment: An American History. He also was the first director of the Richard Nixon library, where he oversaw a Watergate exhibit and spearheaded the release of Nixon tapes.

5. Brenda Wineapple

In her upcoming book, The Impeachersthe historian and Columbia professor dives deep into Andrew Johnson, the first President to be impeached.

This article appears in the March 2019 issue of Washingtonian.

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