Law Professor At Hearing: If What Trump Did Isn’t Impeachable, Nothing Is
University of North Carolina law Professor Michael Gerhardt said during testimony at the House Judiciary Committee’s first impeachment hearing that if President Donald Trump’s actions regarding Ukraine do not warrant impeachment, then nothing is impeachable.
"I just want to stress that if what we're talking about is not impeachable, then nothing is impeachable,” Gerhardt said, according to Axios. “This is precisely the misconduct that the framers created the Constitution, including impeachment, to protect against. If Congress concludes they're going to give a pass to the president here, as Professor Karlan suggested earlier, every other president will say, okay, then I can do the same thing and the boundaries will just evaporate."
The law professor was one of three legal scholars called to testify by Democrats in order to discuss constitution grounds for impeachment, Axios reported. The publication noted that Gerhardt’s “assessment that Trump's abuse of power was so egregious that it demands action will be used to bolster Democrats' argument that they have no choice but to impeach.”