Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Uncommon Knowledge: The Impeachment Handbook With John Yoo & Richard Epstein



The impeachment proceedings against President Trump has now reached the Senate and to help our viewers navigate the legal and political issues surrounding it, I sat down with the Hoover Institution’s Visiting Fellow John Yoo and Senior Fellow Richard Epstein, two of the foremost legal scholars in the country. We cover the Articles of Impeachment submitted by the U.S. House of Representatives, the pluses and minuses of calling witnesses, the role of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts in the proceeding, and whether or not President Trump should testify on his own behalf. Finally, I ask Epstein and Yoo for their vote predictions on conviction and acquittal and gets their predictions for the election in November.

Recorded on January 15, 2020.

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  1. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. StephensJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Uncommon knowledge indeed!

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    • January 17, 2020, at 3:14 PM PST
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  2. Eugene Kriegsmann Member

    Wonderful!!!! I listen to Law Talk whenever it is posted. This time with Peter Robinson moderating it was as good or better. Seeing the two protagonists on screen was a special treat. These are two of the most intelligent and articulate speakers on the Constitution and law of the land. They are both brilliant, but, more than that, they both possess unimpeachable integrity, something that is sadly lacking in so many commentators on the issues they discuss. I am not always is agreement with them, but when that occurs, I realize I am wrong or need to study the issue more deeply. Uncommon Knowledge is, perhaps, my favorite podcast With these two gentlemen in attendance, it is beyond contention. 

    I am no fan of Donald Trump. I find my reaction to him has been similar to how I felt about Tony Soprano. I would start to feel some sympathy for him, and then he would open his mouth. However, the Democrats have been so blatantly dishonest throughout the last three years that it has become a simply binary choice between someone who vaguely represents that which I desire, and those who would destroy everything I hold sacred. Like Richard, even though I didn’t vote for Trump in 2016, I will most certainly do so in 2020.

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    • January 17, 2020, at 4:51 PM PST
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  3. Guruforhire Member

    If the senate can basically do whatever. Does it have to convict the person impeached? Could they vote to bar joe biden, whose apparent corruption kicked this all off, from holding future office?

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    • January 18, 2020, at 4:49 AM PST
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  4. Guruforhire Member

    I think the problem with Roberts is that he has a very naive view of the courts reputation in that the legitimacy of the court is primarily defined by the opinion of the left.

    Its the one trick pony of the institutionalist: Appease the left and gaslight the right.

    I think Roberts needs to start getting very concerned with the courts reputation. because he has been out there gaslighting like baghdad bob. The problem is that everybody can see the the tanks in baghdad. The gaslighting is activelymaking the liquidation of the legitimacy of the judiciary worse.

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    • January 18, 2020, at 5:03 AM PST
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