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Ron Fein is the legal director for Free Speech for People, a nonprofit aiming to overturn Citizens United, and co-author of a new book aimed at impeaching Trump.The Constitution Demands It: The Case for the Impeachment of Donald Trump is co-authored by Fein with John Bonifaz and Ben Clements. Fein acknowledges the forward to the book by John Nichols, reporter for The Nation who wrote his own book about impeachment during the Bush era.
Fein thumbnails the impeachment process, and we talk about past cases of impeachment of Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon and Andrew Johnson. Then he details the 8-plus draft articles of impeachment proposed in the book. We agree on 7 of the 8 charges, and briefly discuss the Russiagate narrative.
We discuss the recalcitrance toward impeachment shown by Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, and by Hillary Clinton in a recent interview with Rachel Maddow. Polls show that almost half of voters support impeachment now, but party leaders follow the polls instead of leading on a matter they say threatens the future of the republic. Fein is even-handed, and criticizes Republicans who place party loyalty and tax cuts over the corruption of their leader.