Attorney Neal Katyal told CNN on Wednesday that it would be bad for democracy if Congress decided against holding President Donald Trump accountable — and he argued that merely censuring the president would not be sufficient.
Katyal, whose new book “Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump” argues for the president’s removal, warned that letting the president get away with abusing his office would do lasting damage to America’s constitutional order.
“It’s the end of an executive branch that lives under the rule of law at that point,” said Katyal. “Because if the president can flout it and do it in secret — it’s not just this president, it’s any president.”
Katyal was then asked by host John Berman about the possibility of censuring Trump for his actions instead of impeaching and removing him.
“I don’t think it’s enough,” he said. “It’s a helpful start, but it’s really just a start. We’re talking about a president doing the ultimate sin: Putting his interests above those of the American people and using his powers… as commander-in-chief.”
Katyal then explained that it was bad enough when Trump encouraged Russia to help him win the 2016 election by asking them to release Hillary Clinton’s emails, but it’s something else entirely when he solicits foreign help when he has the power to withhold aid to countries as president.
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"Well, just watching the failure of leadership in our country, beginning with the president, over the course of this pandemic, it's not just my death warrant I might have signed, but there's 150,000 Americans who are dead because of this," said Shively. "I have to take responsibility for my personal vote that enabled that."
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In his latest "Reality Check" segment, Avlon noted that Trump has been promising to replace the Affordable Care Act with a "great" health care plan for the last four years, but that he still hasn't come up with anything.
In fact, as Avlon documented, Trump has only sought to undermine the law in court with his push to have the Supreme Court strike it down entirely.
"This is the old arsonist-as-a-firefighter routine, with possibly your life on the line," he commented.