Trump Impeachment Hearing: The Testifying Scholars Revealed

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Tara Kibler

After weeks of public testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, the House Judiciary’s impeachment hearings into President Trump have officially begun. On this first day of the hearings, four law professors take the stand to testify: Noah Feldman from Harvard Law School, Pamela Karlan from Stanford Law School, Michael Gerhardt from the University of North Carolina School of Law—all three picked by Democrats—and Jonathan Turley from the George Washington University Law School—picked by Republicans.

As experts in constitutional law, these professors will publicly testify today regarding the interpretation of the impeachment clause of the Constitution, which allows for the removal of the President of the United States following “high crimes and misdemeanours.”

Each of the experts can be found in HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library, where users can discover their written works, frequently discussed topics, affiliated institutions, and HeinOnline author rankings. For example, see the author profile page and scholarly standing of Noah Feldman below.

Keep reading to learn more about the witnesses and their HeinOnline author profile pages.

The Testifying Scholars

Noah Feldman

Harvard Law School

Currently professor of law at Harvard Law School, Feldman was previously a clerk for Justice David Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court as well as senior constitutional adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq.

Pamela Karlan

Stanford Law School

Currently professor of public interest law at Stanford Law School, Karlan previously worked for the Justice Department under President Barack Obama. She also served as a clerk to Associate Justice Harry Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court. Karlan is a leading liberal legal scholar on voting rights and the political process.

Michael Gerhardt

University of North Carolina School of Law

Currently professor of jurisprudence at the University of North Carolina School of Law, Gerhardt served previously as media director for the presidential campaign of Al Gore. An expert on constitutional law, separation of powers, and the legislative process, Gerhardt also testified as a joint witness during the impeachment proceedings of President Bill Clinton, and has written a book on the subject—Impeachment: What Everyone Needs to Know.

Jonathan Turley

George Washington University Law School

Currently professor of public interest law at the George Washington University Law School, Turley has previously written on the impeachment proceedings of Donald Trump, criticizing the actions of the Democrats thus far. He is a lawyer, legal scholar, writer, commentator, and legal analyst in broadcast and print journalism.

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