Indiana legal scholars sign letter endorsing impeachment

Six faculty members from Indiana universities — including four law school professors — are among the more than 775 academics who have submitted a letter to Congress, adding their voices in support of the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

Law professors Shawn Marie Boyne of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Jimmy Gurule of Notre Dame Law School and Pamela Foohey and Steve Sanders, both of Indiana University Maurer School of Law, signed the letter that was posted on Medium.com.

Also signing were Sotirios Barber, political science professor at the University of Notre Dame and Laura Ginger, associate professor emeritus of business law at Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

The letter, which outlines the reasoning for the conclusion that Trump engaged in impeachable conduct, was signed by legal scholars from across the country. A broad cross-section of legal education is represented among the signees with faculty teaching at Ivy League law schools, state-supported universities, private colleges and law schools facing accreditation issues.

Emphasizing they do not reach their conclusion lightly, the professors found the president’s actions involving Ukraine did meet the standard for impeachment as defined by the Constitution.

“But there is overwhelming evidence that President Trump betrayed his oath of office by seeking to use presidential power to pressure a foreign government to help him distort an American election, for his personal and political benefit, at the direct expense of national security interests as determined by Congress,” the letter stated. “His conduct is precisely the type of threat to our democracy that the Founders feared when they included the remedy of impeachment in the Constitution.”

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