History's Guide to Removing Presidents

David Priess
Chief Operating Officer of the Lawfare Institute in Washington, D.C.

Although the United States has gone decades without the most dramatic forms of presidential removal—assassination or resignation—getting rid of a president or a potential president is political reality.

Author and presidential expert Dr. David Priess will present the dark side of the nation's political history from the Constitutional Convention into the 21st century, mixing a stew of election dramas, national tragedies, and presidential exits with party intrigue, political betrayal, and backroom scheming. Dr. Priess will highlight the many ways presidents have been undermined and nearly kicked out of office, how each method of removal offers opportunities as well as dangers for the republic, and the thorny ethical issues surrounding the choice to resist, disobey, or eject a president.

After the hour-long lecture, Dr. Priess will take questions from the audience in a session moderated by Fielding Fellows.

Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Masters Hall 110 Mara Auditorium

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

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Political Science Department, Public Policy Department, Eisenhower Institute
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