Prof. Karlan Explains How Bribery Was Defined By Framers | NBC News

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Published: 12/04/2019

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Democratic witness Professor Pamela Karlan explains the history of bribery statutes in the United States and how it pertains to the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. » Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbcnews.to/SubscribeToNBC » Watch more NBC video: http://bit.ly/MoreNBCNews NBC...



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Do president trump's demands on ukraine also established the high crime of bribery? Yes, they do. Can you explain why please sure so the the high crime or misdemeanor of bribery? I think it's important to distinguish that from whatever the u. s. code calls bribery today, and the reason for this in part, is because in 1789, when the framer, when the framers were writing the constitution, there was ...
o federal criminal code. The first bribery statutes that the united states congress passed would not have reached a president at all, because the first one was just about customs officials and the second one was only about judges. So it wasn't. Until i don't know, 60 years or so, afterthe constitution was ratified, that we had any federal crime of bribery at all. So when they say explicitly in the constitution that the president can be impeached and removed from office for bribery, they weren't referring to a statute and federal and - and i will say, i'm not an expert on federal, substantive federal criminal law. All i will say here is the bribery statute is a very complicated statute, so what they were thinking about was bribery, as it was understood in the 18th century, beast on the common law up until that point, and that understanding was an understanding that someone and generally Even then, it was mostly talking about a judge. It wasn't talking about apresident, because there was no president before that. I wasn't talking about the king, because the king could do no wrong, but what they were understanding then, was the idea that when you took private benefits or when you asked for private benefits in return for an official act or somebody gave them to you to influence An official act that was bribery, hey nbc news viewers, thanks for checking out our youtube channel, subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch. The latest interviews show highlights and digital exclusives thanks for watching.



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