Resource Spotlight: U.S. Presidential Impeachment Library

Impeachment is in the news and, if you’re like me, you may wonder if journalists are misstating this fairly complicated legal doctrine’s history and application.  Fortunately, the Ross-Blakley Law Library is here to help.  We collect many resources that cover the doctrine of impeachment but I would like to highlight one specific resource in HeinOnline:  U.S. Presidential Impeachment Library.


You can also read historical documents from past Presidential impeachment hearings to get an idea of the historical precedent for these types of proceedings:


The guide also has recent legal journal articles on this topic so you can see what scholars in this field are saying about the current state of this doctrine:


From HeinOnline:

Now, one of these rare impeachment proceedings has been brought against the 45th president of the United States. For now, Donald Trump’s fate remains unknown as subpoenas are issued and testimony given. To help researchers understand these rare but always fascinating historical events, HeinOnline now offers a new collection, U.S. Presidential Impeachment. Organized by the four affected presidents, this collection brings together a variety of documents both contemporaneous and asynchronous to each president’s impeachment, presenting both a snapshot of the political climate as each impeachment played out and the long view history has taken of each proceeding. Congressional Research Service reports round out a general discussion of presidential impeachment and a curated list of scholarly articles, external links, and a bibliography provide avenues for further research on this topic. We are especially pleased to include the ever-growing resource Whistleblower Complaint on Ukraine, compiled by Kelly Smith at UC San Diego, which brings together official documents related to the whistleblower complaint and impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump. This collection will continue to grow as we add new material, particularly as it becomes available for the current investigation into Donald Trump. Research not just the past but our fascinating present with HeinOnline.

Here’s how to navigate to the database from the Ross-Blakley Law Library’s homepage:

U.S. Presidential Impeachment Library in HeinOnline

Sean Harrington, Electronic Resources Librarian