For only the second time in American history, a group of historians have thought it necessary to provide Americans with a timely record of alleged and proven presidential misconduct. The occasion for this up-dated version is no mystery. Unprecedented in 1974, it is scarcely less unusual as history today.
Drawn from Banner’s edited book of essays, “Presidential Misconduct: From George Washington to Today,” this lecture will cover the record of presidential misconduct originally prepared in 1974 by a group of historians, of whom Banner was one, for the Impeachment Inquiry of the House Committee on the Judiciary and brought up to date in 2019 through the administration of Barack Obama. The sole comprehensive account of its subject in the historical literature, its contents are open to many interpretations.