With an impeachment trial in the Senate looming, news organizations asked CCL President Robert S. Peck about several questions about what the Constitution and courts have said.

       In an interview that followed the delivery of the article of impeachment to the Senate by the House managers, Newsy, a Scripps-Howard network, asked about the legality of trying a president on an impeachment charge after leaving office. Peck explained that the situation is largely unaddressed by the Constitution, but that historical precedent existed for trying a public official after leaving office, that 150 constitutional law professors, spanning the ideological spectrum, had signed a letter stating that there is no problem in such a trial, and that doing so makes it easier to justify a prohibition on seeking public office again. 

      Peck also told the network that the Supreme Court in a 1993 decision involving impeachment of a judge, had held that the trial was a "political question" that was not susceptible to judicial review. 

      In another interview, this time with WUSA-9, the Washington, DC CBS affiliate, Peck explained that the costs of legal representation in defending the impeachment charge falls to former President Trump. In the impeachment trial of a year ago, the Republican National Committee raised the money to pay for the defense. He noted that the House had hired two lawyers from the outside to assist with the prosecution, but that this did not involve extra expenditures but an allocation from within the House Judiciary Committee's existing budget.