Prof. Michael Gerhardt made a remarkable claim that Majority Leader McConnell is the first Senate leader to coordinate with the White House on an impeachment trial. Though reported widely on CNN, that is not historically true.

Posted by on December 15, 2019 9:46 pm
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University of North Carolina Law Prof. Michael Gerhardt made a remarkable claim this week when asked about stories that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R, Ky.) was coordinating on the details of the Senate impeachment trial with the White House. Gerhardt claimed that such a thing has never happened in history. Despite my long association and friendship with Gerhardt, I must disagree with that remarkable suggestion.

…”There is nothing unprecedented with conferring with the White House on the dimensions or demands of the trial. There should ideally be conferral with the House managers and party leaders are under a constitutional obligations to ensure a fair and legitimate process. However, conferral and coordination with inevitable and certainly not unprecedented,” Prof. Jonathan Turley, said.

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