The Case for Impeachment is a non-fiction book by American University Distinguished Professor of History Allan Lichtman arguing for the impeachment of Donald Trump. It was published on April 18, 2017, by Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. Lichtman predicted to The Washington Post that after ascending to the presidency, Trump would later be impeached from office. He developed this thesis into a set of multiple arguments for Trump’s predicted impeachment.
Lichtman argues in the book that Trump could face impeachment for reasons including: complicity of conspiracy with foreign governments, crimes against humanity for the U.S. neglecting global warming, and violation of the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the constitution barring the president from taking personal monetary offerings from other governments. He provides the reader with an overview of Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections and links between Trump associates and Russian officials, asserting such ties could be used in efforts to impeach President Trump. He uses the Watergate scandal as the backdrop to compare Trump’s reactions to criticism with those of Richard Nixon during Nixon’s impeachment process. The author discusses assertions of sexual misconduct against Trump, and delves into some of his legal affairs stemming from them. Lichtman places the Donald Trump and Billy Bush recordings within a larger context of public degradation of women.
The Financial Times gave The Case for Impeachment a positive review, writing: “Lichtman’s powerful book is a reminder that we are only at the start of the Trump investigations.” The Washington Post called it “striking to see the full argument unfold.” New York Journal of Books recommended it as a resource, “if you are a member of Congress trying to grapple with all that this administration has wrought.” CounterPunch characterized the work as “a brilliant analysis of every fraudulent act.” The Hill gave the author praise, writing: “Lichtman has written what may be the most important book of the year.” CBC News consulted law scholars who said Lichtman’s impeachment prediction was unlikely, especially with a Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives.