President Gormley and Faculty Scholars Offer Expert Opinion on Impeachment and Presidential Pardons

Our faculty and administration experts, led by Duquesne president and constitutional scholar Ken Gormley, are often called upon by local and national media to weigh in from an unbiased, expert opinion. These expressions create horizon-expanding educational opportunities for our students that encourage civil discourse and the importance of respectful debate on often challenging topics.


Jan. 10
Impeachment has pitfalls - but inaction sends wrong signal, Duquesne's Gormley says
The Post-Gazette interviewed President Ken Gormley for this story about why a second round of impeachment hearings for President Donald Trump is likely to advance, following the events at the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6.

Jan. 9
Can Trump Pardon Himself?
NPR interviewed President Ken Gormley for this story about whether President Donald Trump can legally pardon himself at the end of his term. This story also appeared on WGVU-Radio, MPR News and WSHU-Radio.  

Jan. 8
Should Trump be tried for what happened in the Capitol?
Quartz interviewed President Ken Gormley in response to the riots at the U.S. Capitol Building. Gormley says that impeaching Trump would cause much upheaval, which would be hard for the U.S. to navigate during a pandemic. Instead, Gormley advises that the Biden Administration should work to establish a new presidency and move on.     

Jan. 7
Pittsburgh-area historians, political scientists weigh in on Capitol chaos
The Tribune-Review interviewed Dr. Andrew Simpson, assistant professor of history, for this story in response to the chaos and destruction at the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6. Simpson says that disputed elections are nothing new and will happen again in the future on federal and state levels.  

Rick Saccone resigns from Saint Vincent faculty in wake of Capitol trip
The Tribune-Review interviewed Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz about Pennsylvania Sen. Doug Mastriano's resignation following his appearance at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. 

Role Of Social Media In Spreading Misinformation
KDKA-TV interviewed Associate Law Professor Rona Kaufman for this story about how social media helps spread misinformation in the wake of the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Jan. 6
'It's All Political Theater:' Constitutional Scholar And Presidential Historian Says Contesting Election Process Is Nothing New
KDKA-TV interviewed President Ken Gormley for this story in response to pro-Trump supporters storming the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6. Gormley says contesting the election process is nothing new and cited the 1876 election.

Presidential historian on breach of Capitol by Trump supporters
President Ken Gormley was interviewed by CBC for this story about the historical context of the protests and breach of the U.S. Capitol Building.

Jan. 5
Trump phone call: "Disturbing," "a new low," and "sad" in eyes of PA US Senators, law professor
WTAE-TV interviewed Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz for this story about President Donald Trump's recorded call browbeating election officials in Georgia.

8 Pa. House GOP Members to Oppose Biden's Electoral Votes
U.S. News & World Report interviewed Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz for this story about Pennsylvania GOP complaints regarding election-related policies of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's administration and decisions by the state Supreme Court, generally concerning the collection and counting of mail-in ballots. This story also appeared on WTAE-TV and WESA-Radio.

Dec. 26
Pittsburgh Constitutional Scholar Says President Trump Can't Pardon Himself
KDKA-TV interviewed President Ken Gormley about President Donald Trump's use of pardon power to help his supporters convicted of wrongdoing.

Dec. 18
Opinion: If Trump Pardons Himself, Biden Should Un-Parden Him
The Washington Post published this opinion piece by President Ken Gormley about why President Donald Trump's motion to self-pardon himself is not legal.