Friday, May 19, 2017 - 12:00

Assumption Professor Publishes Op-Ed in The New York Times

Greg WeinerAssumption College Associate Professor of Political Science Greg Weiner penned a column that appeared in the Opinion Pages of The New York Times on May 18.  The Op-Ed, entitled “Impeachment’s Political Heart,” addresses the “simmering talk of impeachment swirling around President Trump” concerning whether or not he “committed a crime by asking James Comey, when he was still the director of the F.B.I., to end an investigation of Michael T. Flynn, the onetime national security adviser.”

In the piece, Prof. Weiner dissects the historical origins of impeachment and how it pertains to President Trump’s current situation. Prof. Weiner writes:

The object of impeachment is not to exact vengeance. It is to protect the public against future acts of recklessness or abuse. Consequently, the issue in deciding whether Mr. Trump is liable to impeachment is less what happened in the Oval Office between him and Mr. Comey than what those events say about what will happen in similar situations in the future. That is not a case for casual impeachment. On the contrary, since it is harder to predict future acts than to prove what has already occurred, such a standard may be harder to meet.

Read Professor Weiner’s full column here

Prof. Weiner is the author of many publications, including Madison’s Metronome: The Constitution, Majority Rule, and the Tempo of American Politics and American Burke: The Uncommon Liberalism of Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

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