A California university is offering a class focused solely on the topic of removing President Trump from office.
San Diego State University is offering a one-unit course in March called “Trump: Impeachment, Removal or Conviction?” taught by Professor John Joseph Cleary.
“Focus will be on the two constitutional grounds: impeachment and removal (25th Amendment), and the possible charges of the independent counsel,” the course description reads in part, as first reported by university watchdog group, Campus Reform.
The class will cover “grounds for impeachment, removal, or indictment” such as “conflict of interests, foreign emoluments, climate change, racism, religious bias, improper influence, nepotism, and a host of crimes, including conspiracy, false statements, and obstruction of justice.”
San Diego State University is offering a class focused solely on impeaching President Trump. (Campus Reform)
The only required reading is Allan Lichtman’s “The Case for Impeachment” in which the American University professor “makes the case for impeaching the 45th president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.”
A university spokesman told Fox News they plan to change the name of the course in the future.
“In retrospect, we realize the title of the course, ‘Trump: Impeachment, Removal, or Conviction?’ is inconsistent with the course content described,” the spokesperson said. “As a result, the title will be amended to accurately reflect this course offered now and for future offerings of this course.”
“The course presents an overall framework of impeachment, removal, or criminal investigation of a president and rather than focusing on President Trump, reviews all 19 impeachments in U.S. history. The one-unit, weekend class is not a requirement for graduation and is not paid for by state funds,” the university told Fox News. Cleary did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment on Tuesday.
Brandon Jones, SDSU College Republicans Chairman and a Campus Reform correspondent, told “Fox & Friends” Wednesday morning they’ve already convicted Trump instead of presuming innocence.
“It’s very clear what the message is this course is sending, and if you look at the required textbook, it was written by a liberal nutjob,” Jones said. “They can spew their talking points all they want, but I’m not buying it.”
While the book looks at impeached presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton’s “hearings,” it focuses on Richard Nixon’s resignation and “shows how Trump exhibits many of the flaws (and more) that have doomed past presidents.”
Lichtman boasts 30 years of predicting presidential races correctly, including Trump’s victory over failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, touting his “next big prediction” was that Trump would be impeached.
The book serves as a “warning about the dangers of Trump’s rogue presidency” and a “guide to the myriad transgressions” he predicts will lead to impeachment.
“Trump’s penchant for lying, disregard for the law, and conflicts of interests are lifelong habits that will permeate his entire presidency,” Lichtman wrote. “He has a history of mistreating women and covering up his misdeeds. He could commit his crime against humanity, not directly through war, but indirectly by reversing the battle against catastrophic climate change, upon which humanity’s well-being will likely depend. His dubious connections to Russia could open him to a charge of treason. His disdain for constitutional restraints could lead to abuses of power that forfeit the trust of even a Republican Congress.”
Trump wrote on Tuesday morning a series of tweets related to this topic.
Trump quoted Ken Starr as saying, “We’ve seen no evidence of collusion…”
The president then also quoted law professor Jonathan Turley, who said on Fox News: “I just don’t see the evidence…in terms of the collusion, it’s all a bit implausible based on the evidence we have.”
Trump ended the tweetstorm with two words: “WITCH HUNT!”
But Lichtman writes that he’s not calling for a “witch hunt,” but rather “to assess at what point impeachment becomes necessary to protect America’s constitutional liberties and the vital interests of the nation.”
Lichtman notes that while former lawyers in the Obama administration formed a group to monitor Trump’s alleged violations of law and the Constitution, it’s ultimately up to the democratic activism of the American people.
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., told her fellow Democrats to “get ready for impeachment” at a speech in San Diego Saturday. She has chanted many times: “Impeach 45!”
The course is being offered for $ 221 through SDSU’s Criminal Justice program, which is a part of the school’s College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts.
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