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IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY THAT’S WHEN THE FRAMERS DEFINED THAT’S WHEN THE FRAMERS DEFINED THE IMPEACHABLE DEFENSE? THE IMPEACHABLE DEFENSE? DANNY CEVALLOS EXPLAINS

DANNY CEVALLOS EXPLAINS >> EVERYBODY HAS AN OPINION >> EVERYBODY HAS AN OPINION ABOUT IMPEACHMENT AND ABOUT IMPEACHMENT AND FORTUNATELY WE HAVE THE FORTUNATELY WE HAVE THE CONSTITUTION CONSTITUTION IT’S ALL THERE IN BLACK AND IT’S ALL THERE IN BLACK AND WHITE WHITE

IT SHOULD BE CRYSTAL CLEAR, IT SHOULD BE CRYSTAL CLEAR, RIGHT? RIGHT? NOT EXACTLY NOT EXACTLY SO FROM DEEP WITHIN OUR LAW SO FROM DEEP WITHIN OUR LAW LIBRARY HERE WE’LL TAKE YOU LIBRARY HERE WE’LL TAKE YOU THROUGH THE IMPEACHMENT THROUGH THE IMPEACHMENT TODAY’S TOPIC IS — THE HIGH TODAY’S TOPIC IS — THE HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS ARE CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS ARE IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES BUT WHAT IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN? DOES IT MEAN? THE FRAMERS DIDN’T GIVE US ANY THE FRAMERS DIDN’T GIVE US ANY GUIDANCE OR DID THEY? GUIDANCE OR DID THEY? THERE’S A LEGAL PRINCIPLE WITH A THERE’S A LEGAL PRINCIPLE WITH A WEIRD LATIN NAME

WEIRD LATIN NAME IT BASICALLY MEANS WHEN YOU HAVE IT BASICALLY MEANS WHEN YOU HAVE A GENERAL TERM THAT FOLLOWS THE A GENERAL TERM THAT FOLLOWS THE LIST OF SPECIFIC TERMS IT’S LIST OF SPECIFIC TERMS IT’S UNDERSTOOD THAT THAT GENERAL UNDERSTOOD THAT THAT GENERAL TERM RELATES BACK TO THE TERM RELATES BACK TO THE SPECIFIC TERM SPECIFIC TERM THIS IS A LOT EASIER THAN IT THIS IS A LOT EASIER THAN IT SOUNDS SOUNDS

IMAGINE I TOLD YOU TO GO TO THE IMAGINE I TOLD YOU TO GO TO THE STORE AND GET ME SOME SKITTLES, STORE AND GET ME SOME SKITTLES, M&M’s AND OTHER GOOD STUFF M&M’s AND OTHER GOOD STUFF WELL, WOULD I EXPECT REASONABLY WELL, WOULD I EXPECT REASONABLY FOR YOU TO BRING ME BACK A FOR YOU TO BRING ME BACK A LAMBORGHINI? LAMBORGHINI? THAT’S PRETTY GOOD STUFF, OF THAT’S PRETTY GOOD STUFF, OF COURSE NOT COURSE NOT YOU’D EXPECT TO BRING BACK YOU’D EXPECT TO BRING BACK SOMETHING THAT’S SIMILAR TO SOMETHING THAT’S SIMILAR TO SKITTLES, M&M’s

SKITTLES, M&M’s GOOD STUFF IN THIS CASE IS GOOD STUFF IN THIS CASE IS PROBABLY CHOCOLATE OR SOME OTHER PROBABLY CHOCOLATE OR SOME OTHER CANDY CANDY THE COMPLETE PHRASE IS THAT THE THE COMPLETE PHRASE IS THAT THE PRESIDENTIAL BE REMOVED FOR PRESIDENTIAL BE REMOVED FOR TREASON, BRIBERY AND OTHER HIGH TREASON, BRIBERY AND OTHER HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS

IF TREASON AND BRIBERY ARE ABUSE IF TREASON AND BRIBERY ARE ABUSE OF THE PUBLIC OFFICE IT FOLLOWS OF THE PUBLIC OFFICE IT FOLLOWS THAT IMPEACHMENT OFFENSES HAVE THAT IMPEACHMENT OFFENSES HAVE TO BE ABUSES OF THAT PUBLIC TO BE ABUSES OF THAT PUBLIC OFFICE OFFICE AND IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE A AND IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE A PERSONAL CRIME BY A PRESIDENT PERSONAL CRIME BY A PRESIDENT THAT DOESN’T SOMEHOW IMPLICATE THAT DOESN’T SOMEHOW IMPLICATE HIS PRESIDENTIAL POWER HIS PRESIDENTIAL POWER IF FOR EXAMPLE A PRESIDENT WAS IF FOR EXAMPLE A PRESIDENT WAS JAYWALKING OR SHOOTING SOMEONE JAYWALKING OR SHOOTING SOMEONE IN THE FACE ON A HUNTING TRIP, IN THE FACE ON A HUNTING TRIP, THOSE MIGHT NOT BE IMPEACHABLE THOSE MIGHT NOT BE IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES BECAUSE THEY’RE PURELY OFFENSES BECAUSE THEY’RE PURELY PERSONAL CRIMES

PERSONAL CRIMES SO FOR SOMEONE TO DETERMINE IF SO FOR SOMEONE TO DETERMINE IF THE PRESIDENT’S CONDUCT IS A THE PRESIDENT’S CONDUCT IS A HIGH CRIME OR MISDEMEANOR, MAYBE HIGH CRIME OR MISDEMEANOR, MAYBE WE USE THIS TO LOOK AT THE WE USE THIS TO LOOK AT THE TREASON OR BRIBERY TREASON OR BRIBERY THE PRESIDENT’S CONDUCT DOESN’T THE PRESIDENT’S CONDUCT DOESN’T EXACTLY HAVE TO BE TREASON OR EXACTLY HAVE TO BE TREASON OR BRIBERY BRIBERY

BUT IF IT’S SIMILAR ENOUGH, THEN

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