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High crimes that might not be crimes

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The Constitution’s parameters for what may justify the impeachment of a president are “Treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.” But what constitutes a “high crime and misdemeanor” is a matter up for debate. While it clearly includes criminal misconduct, when is impeachment the appropriate remedy for something that might be wrong, but not strictly illegal?

As news broke of President Trump’s phone conversations with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, asking for “a favor” regarding investigating corruption and specifically into Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, Democrats moved swiftly in their posture on impeachment and began taking steps to open an impeachment inquiry.

Republicans, meanwhile, have floated the idea that this could be politically advantageous if voters perceive Democrats as overreaching. However, there has been little clarity from the White House and campaign allies about which message strategy Trump's team is pursuing: persuade people the call was actually a good and justifiable act, or sidestep that question........

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