Hundreds of historians and legal scholars are calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump following the riot at the U.S. Capitol recently.
An open letter signed by more than 300 constitutional scholars, including Pulitzer Reward winning author Ron Chernow, requires that Trump be eliminated from office with days left in his presidency.
Chernow is popular for his bio of previous president Alexander Hamilton, which later worked as the motivation for the popular musical Hamilton
” Throughout his presidency, Trump has defied the Constitution and damaged laws, norms, practices, and precedents, for which he needs to be held liable now and after he leaves office. No future president should be tempted by the example of his defiance going unpunished,” the letter reads.
The signees noted that while Trump had formerly been impeached in connection to Russia’s disturbance with the 2016 presidential election, Trump once again abused his power by blocking a transfer of power to President-elect Joe Biden and encouraging “an insurrection by a mob of his advocates.”
They said his failure to accept the outcomes of the 2020 election is “something no president before him has actually ever done.”
” By fomenting violence against the Congress and looking for to overturn constitutional democracy, which led to the killing of a Capitol law enforcement officer and the deaths of several rioters, Trump has breached his oath of office to maintain, protect and protect the Constitution of the United States,” the letter checks out. “He is a clear and present threat to American democracy and the national security of the United States.”
” He has actually disqualified himself from continuing to serve out even his couple of staying days as president, along with from ever again holding, according to the Constitution, ‘any Office of honor, Trust or profit under the United States,'” they included.
The group had likewise signed a letter on December 6, 2019, throughout the first impeachment, concluding that Trump “engaged in impeachable conduct,” although they took no position on whether he devoted a crime.
On Monday, the Democratic-led House of Representatives progressed with impeaching Trump for a 2nd time, formally charging him with prompting violence against the federal government by challenging the results of the election.
“[Trump] threatened the stability of the democratic system, hindered the tranquil transition of power, and imperiled a coordinate branch of government,” the article of impeachment reads. “He consequently betrayed his trust as president, to the manifest injury of the people of the United States.”
The historians and legal scholars are urging “members of your home of Representatives to carry out a fast impeachment and the Senate to hold a prompt trial as the Constitution specifies.”
Lawmakers will have 9 days to complete the procedure before Biden is inaugurated next week.
Newsweek reached out to Chernow for additional comment but did not hear back prior to publication.