Episode 23,


Greg Weiner, Nina Totenberg & David O. Stewart

How and why the Constitutional Convention decided to constrainthe powers of presidents and the meaning of “high crimes or misdemeanors.”

With investigations of the President and his campaign staff underway in Washington, Host Neal Conan talks about the procedure for the removal of the Chief Executive.  An “Impeachment Edition” of Truth politics and power explains how and why the Constitutional Convention decided to constrain the powers of presidents and the meaning of “high crimes or misdemeanors.”


Greg Weiner is an assistant professor of Political Science at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Prior to teaching Professor Weiner founded a political communications firm that specialized in writing speeches and op-eds. He also served on the staffs of U.S. Senators Bob Kerrey (D-NE), Lloyd Bentsen (D-TX) and Bob Krueger (D-TX).  His most recent book is American Burke: The Uncommon Liberalism of Daniel Patrick Moynihan.



Nina Totenberg is legal affairs correspondent for NPR. In her more than 40 years at the network she’s won numerous awards and broken several stories, most notably the sexual harassment allegations by law professor Anita Hill against then Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. In 1998 and ’99 Totenberg was part of the team, along with Neal Conan and the late Daniel Schorr, that provided live coverage of impeachment proceedings against President Clinton.



David O. Stewart is the author of Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy, as well as several other fiction and non-fiction books. Stewart is a lawyer who represented a federal judge at his senate impeachment trial. His latest book is The Babe Ruth Deception.