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Legal, constitutional, criminal law, history, and mental health scholars agree it is vitally important to the nation’s health and democracy that the Senate convict Donald Trump

Nationwide, February 7, 2021 — The World Mental Health Coalition held a National Town Hall today titled: “The Imperative to Convict Donald Trump,” bringing together legal, constitutional, criminal law, historical, and mental health perspectives.  To see the video recording of our two-hour Town Hall, please click below:

All Panelists agreed it is vitally important to the nation’s health and democracy that the Senate convict Trump.  All further agreed that regardless of Senate outcome Trump should face criminal prosecution for engaging in seditious conspiracy against the U.S. Congress as it pursued its Constitutional responsibilities as well as for violating federal and state election laws and other charges.

Most importantly at this time, all Panelists agreed the Senate must conduct a serious trial calling all relevant witnesses, by subpoena if necessary, including now citizen Donald Trump.  The trial must not be abbreviated or shortchanged as some in Congress are wrongly and dangerously advocating.

The prestigious Panel of Speakers at the Town Hall included:

LAURENCE TRIBE – Constitutional Scholar at the Harvard Law School and one of the country’s most influential Constitutional Law experts

NORMAN EISEN – Former Special Counsel for Trump’s First Impeachment Trial, former ambassador to the Czech Republic, and former White House Special Counsel for Barack Obama

CLAIRE FINKELSTEIN – Criminal lawyer, Distinguished Professor of Law and Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Director of the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law

REP. GERRY CONNOLLY – Member of the House of Representatives Oversight and Reform Committee as well as the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Government Operations and Chairman of the U.S. Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly

RICHARD PAINTER – Former Chief White House Counsel for George W. Bush, founding board member of Take Back our Republic, and former chair of CREW, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

RUTH BEN-GHIAT – Professor of history at New York University and a leading international expert on fascism and authoritarian leaders

BANDY LEE – Forensic psychiatrist, violence expert, and President of the World Mental Health Coalition