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The Case For Impeachment

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The Senate as a court of impeachment for the trial of Andrew Johnson / sketched by Theodore R. Davis

The journalist Yoni Appelbaum says that to understand what impeaching Donald Trump would mean, it helps to look at the case of the 17th president, Andrew Johnson. His impeachment, Appelbaum says, brought order out of chaos.

RadioWest divider.

Thursday, we’re talking about the power of impeachment. The journalist Yoni Appelbaum says that to understand what impeaching Donald Trump would mean, it helps to look at the case of the 17th president, Andrew Johnson. He was a brash and profane businessman-turned-politician who stoked racial tensions. Appelbaum says that impeaching Johnson moved the debate about his fitness for office out of the court of public opinion and into Congress, where it belonged. It also brought order out of chaos.

Yoni Appelbaum is a historian and a senio editor at the Atlantic, where he oversees the Ideas section. His article "The Case for Impeachment" appeared in magazine's the March 2019 issue.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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