CBS's 'The Good Fight' to Delve into the Concept of Impeaching Trump

The CBS All Access series The Good Fight will be taking on the possibility of impeaching President Donald Trump when the series returns for season two. The spinoff from The Good Wife was one of the first shows to depict one of their characters reacting to Trump's election. Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) was portrayed as a devout Hillary Clinton supporter, and we saw her watching the January 2017 inauguration.

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Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart. Photo: Jeff Neira/CBS ©2016 CBS Interactive, Inc. All Rights Reserved

In the show, the fictional law firm that the show centers on will be retained by the Democratic National Committee to present an legal argument for removing Trump once they take back the House of Representatives in the mid-term elections in November of this year.

Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour today, series co-creator Robert King said:

The Democratic Committee is auditioning the firms to take on impeachment hearings because they expect to [win] in November. Our firm — because it's a majority African-American firm — is one of the ones they're pursuing. A lot of it is a debate about how he could be impeached and also going into the 25th Amendment. You also find when you get a lot of Democrats together that they're talking about this as if it were a coup — so we're not just looking at it one way. There's a little bit of digging into the weeds on a lot of the legal issues surrounding impeachment, especially because [the Democrats] are really counting their chickens before they hatch.

They plan to heavily satirize the Democrats rather than merely prosecute a case against Trump.

The Democrats are licking their chops at the possibility of turning the House over and impeachment. So it's really a satire of Democrats wanting to impeach a sitting president in a way that would make them angry if it were Republicans going after Obama … There's a lot of argument among them — especially because Michael Boatman's character is very much a Trump supporter. We wanted to see what the debate would be…

King also talked about what he learned while doing research for the season:

It's pretty f–ked. I mean, the 25th Amendment is not really a sensible possibility. The other thing is Audra McDonald's character thinks that the way to prosecute impeachment is to be as shameless as to what they think Trump is — so to say they have the tape of the golden shower, but as soon as the people ask, 'Well, where is it?' [they would] pivot to the next thing. Don't go after one thing like [Republicans] did with Clinton — with obstruction of justice or perjury — [but] to go after a whole plethora and move from one [issue] to the other. Again, we're satirizing it. I'm not saying we support that. In fact, if anything, I would say we don't support that. But it seemed like a very interesting way to represent the democratic intensity about how they're going to [do this] … The bottom line is the best way to attack it is do the same thing: 'When they go low, we go lower' is the concept … You don't know which one you support at the end.

The Good Fight season 2 will be available to stream starting Sunday, March 2nd.


About Dan Wickline

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