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Jonathan Turley: "You Could Impeach Every Living President" By The Standards Of Trump Impeachment

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CBS News legal analysts and constitutional law scholars Jonathan Turley and Kim Wehle join "CBS This Morning" from Washington to discuss the historic vote on articles of impeachment against President Trump.

CBS ANCHOR: What impact do you think this could have on future presidents?

JONATHAN TURLEY: It is going to have a significant impact, I think it will be a largely dysfunctional one. The problem I have is that this sets the standard quite low for impeachment.

They ultimately rejected the four articles that I originally testified against, including bribery, and went with the two that I thought were legitimate, but they did not obviously follow my advice and try to build a record to try to support those two articles.

The problem I have is that judging by how they define these two articles, you could impeach every living president on this type of allegations. The most troubling for me is the obstruction of Congress. They set an abbreviated period for investigation, arguably the shortest investigation of any presidential impeachment, depending on how you count the Johnson impeachment days.

And then they said if you don't turn over the evidence during that period, you're obstructing Congress. Well, President Trump went to court to challenge the necessity of handing over that material. Both Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon were allowed to go all the way to the Supreme Court --they ultimately lost, and Nixon resigned soon after. My concern is that this really does seem like you are making an appeal to the court into a high crime or a misdemeanor.



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