Can a Former President Be Tried for Impeachment?

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Judge J. Michael Luttig, formerly of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Professor Keith Whittington of Princeton join host Jeffrey Rosen to consider the constitutional text and historical precedent surrounding the question of whether the senate can hold President Trump’s impeachment trial now that he’s left office. Judge Luttig explains why he thinks only the Supreme Court can answer the question of whether Congress can hold an impeachment trial for a former president, while Professor Whittington details his view that it’s a purely political question up to the senate’s discretion.

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