Virtual Event – “Impeachment and the Rule of Law”

March 1, 2024



This virtual event was held on Friday, March 8 at 12 pm ET.

The Constitution gives Congress the significant power to impeach, remove, and potentially bar officials from future office. The Founders saw this as a crucial check on the powers of the executive and judicial branches of government. Yet only a handful of impeachment efforts, all for judges, have succeeded. In recent years, impeachment inquiries become, and some would say more partisan.

As the Senate considers the first impeachment of a Cabinet Member in nearly 150 years — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas — the Society hosted a virtual event to discuss the original meaning, purpose, history, and future of impeachment. We covered:

  • How a proper understanding of impeachment can promote the rule of law, the dangers posed by its misuse, and how the process may intersect with criminal laws
  • The Trump impeachments and their impact on the process going forward
  • The status of the Biden impeachment inquiry in the House, and likely outcomes

Watch the full playback here.


Ilya Somin

Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University. Charter Member, Society for the Rule of Law.


Keith E. Whittington

William Nelson Professor of Politics at Princeton University. Charter Member, Society for the Rule of Law.


Gregg Nunziata

Executive Director, Society for the Rule of Law.




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