‘Can The President Be Impeached?’ We Answer Your Questions | NYT News

since the news broke of Michael Cohen’s guilty plea we’ve been getting a ton of legal questions from our readers and I’m going to try to answer some of them Leo asked for instance can the president be impeached with the currently known fact or is more needed on the one hand impeachment of the political process but they have everything Michael Cohen says is true that the president instructed him to violate campaign Finance laws by paying hush money to women who said they had a words with him in order to influence the election that is just the sort of thing the framers of the Constitution were concerned about and they thought that interfering with the Integrity of Elections could will be an impeachable offense which leaves some of you were wondering about this the fact that these crimes were committed before Trump was elected have any significance in general for impeachment purposes most Scholars say it only the actions of a sitting President should matter that criminal misconduct before president took office should not be grounds for impeachment but they make one exception did the conduct caused the president to obtain his office illicitly incorrupt and that’s what the code allegations seem to Adam and one question we got buy a Twitter was are there any parallels in this to the store investigation of Whitewater leading to the impeachment of Clinton after the Lewinsky scandal or are those Just Surf similarities I think they’re basically surface similarities because President Clinton’s conduct however ugly in questionable with private conduct in the Trump case Michael Cohen allegations are correct you may well have him corrupt cleaning his office and that’s much more closely tied for the presidency than what was said about Bill Clinton lastly one person asked if Cohen could be pardoned the president can pardon Michael Cohen if he wishes you were he to somebody who poses a threat to him in a criminal proceeding that would be the use of the presidential office not to offer clemency based on neutral ground but on self-interested grounds and that you could raise the price impeachment
Since the news broke of Michael Cohen’s guilty plea, we received lots of questions from our readers. Adam Liptak, the Times’s Supreme Court reporter, answers them.

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