How does the Trump impeachment investigation compare to the impeachment inquiry of Nixon?
Aaron Freiwald, Managing Partner of Freiwald Law and host of the weekly podcast, Good Law | Bad Law, is joined by Larry Hammond, an attorney and former Assistant Watergate Special Prosecutor, to discuss the Trump impeachment inquiry, the comparisons between Trump and Nixon, as well as Larry’s recent Washington Post article calling for the impeachment of the President.
Last week, 17 former Watergate special prosecutors, including our guest today, made a compelling case in the Washington Post for why President Trump should be impeached. The article entitled, “We investigated the Watergate scandal. We believe Trump should be impeached,” doesn’t mince words. Based on their own accounts, Larry and his colleges make a compelling case for why Trump should be impeached, arguing that there is already enough evidence to support an impeachment. In the 1970s, they investigated serious abuses of presidential power by President Nixon and in the article they detail their beliefs that Trump should face the same charges, specifically citing: obstruction of justice, abuse of power, and contempt of Congress.
Currently the most senior member of Osborn Maledon’s investigations and criminal defense group, Larry details his time in Washington and his personal experience within the Watergate investigation. Larry and Aaron talk about his background and how he came to be on the prosecutorial team; they lay out the particular evidence Larry believes supports impeachment, including the ongoing conversation around Ukraine as well as Special Prosecutor Mueller’s investigation and findings. Aaron and Larry compare Trump and Nixon to the Clinton impeachment and debate the different dimensions present in each.
Larry’s practice focuses primarily on criminal defense – both white collar and general criminal representation, but he has also been extensively involved in complex civil litigation. After clerkships on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, two Supreme Court Clerkships (for Justice Hugo L. Black and Lewis F. Powell, Jr.), and his time as Assistant Watergate Special Prosecutor, Larry served as the First Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice. A founder and former President of the Arizona Justice Project, Larry is often known best for his work in very high-profile criminal cases, including his work on behalf of the indigent defense community. He also helped found the Arizona Capital Representation Project to assist inmates charged or convicted of capital crimes, and served as the Chair of the State Bar’s Indigent Defense Task Force. In 2005-2007, Larry was the President of the American Judicature Society – an organization devoted to improving the administration of justice in America.
To find a copy of the Washington Post op-ed, “We investigated the Watergate scandal. We believe Trump should be impeached,” please visit the Post’s website here.
To check out United States v. Nixon, please click here. You can find Chief Justice Warren Burger’s opinion by following the link, as well as the facts of the case and more.
To learn more about Mr. Hammond, please visit his firm’s website, Osborn Maledon, here.
Host: Aaron Freiwald
Guest: Larry Hammond
Follow Good Law | Bad Law:
YouTube: Good Law | Bad Law