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“You are seeing impeachment as a constitutional crisis. Impeachment is the cure for a constitutional crisis. Don’t mistake the medicine for the disease.' Years ago Bill Moyers Journal hosted a freewheeling discussion about impeachment with conservative scholar Bruce Fein and John Nichols of The Nation. Impeachment is an essential check and balance — arguably the most essential, and powerful, if the process is completed with the resignation or formal removal of an errant official. When members of the legislative branch fail to initiate the impeachment process for reasons of political calculation of circumstantial caution, they contribute to the expansion of executive branch authority. Partisans can almost always come up with excuses for avoiding the impeachment process; thus, they set the stage for future abuses... they encourage the imperial presidency to become more imperial.'