DPLA releases The Impeachment Papers as a free ebook

By Kathleen Williams, January 21, 2020.
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The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce the release of a new ebook, The Impeachment Papers, a compendium of 38 documents related to the impeachment of Donald J. Trump. The ebook consists of witness testimony, subpoenas and other publicly available material in an easy-to-read format. Additions to the preliminary version of this ebook, originally released in December, include the report from the House Judiciary Committee; report from the House Intelligence Committee; and the Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation, all of which were released to the public in December. 

DPLA believes that open and convenient access to accurate information allows for an informed public and is an essential service that is core to the role libraries have played in democratic societies for generations. As such, the publication of this book is a non-partisan effort that is provided without analysis or editorial perspective.

The ebook is free and is available for download here, as a web version here (readable in your browser) and on the Open Bookshelf collection within the SimplyE app. By using the SimplyE app, anyone can download and read The Impeachment Papers for free–no library card or sign in required. The Impeachment Papers is also available at no cost to libraries, who may provide it to their patrons without restrictions. DPLA has made every effort to accommodate those who require assistive technology in order to read text, and will continue to work to make the text as accessible as possible. 

The Impeachment Papers includes:

  • July 2019 Trump-Ukraine phone call transcript
  • August 2019 whistleblower complaint
  • September 2019 Inspector General’s letter about the whistleblower complaint
  • Complete transcripts of testimony from Marie Yovanovitch, Michael McKinley, Gordon Sondland, Kurt Volker, Bill Taylor, Alexander Vindman, Fiona Hill and Laura Cooper
  • Articles of impeachment  

DPLA would like to thank Joe Germuska, head of Knight Lab at Northwestern University, for his assistance in curating The Impeachment Papers and Digital Divide Data and the Internet Archive for joining us in this effort.

DPLA has also created and released an ebook version of the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Russian Active Measures Campaigns and Interference in the 2016 Election and earlier this year, DPLA released an ebook of Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election, otherwise known as the Mueller Report.  Both are available for free as EPUB files here and on the Open Bookshelf collection within the SimplyE app. The DPLA Mueller Report ebook has been downloaded more than 75,000 times. 

To learn more about Open Bookshelf and other DPLA ebooks offerings, visit https://ebooks.dp.la

DPLA’s ebook work and the production of The Impeachment Papers ebook has been supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Want to see more public domain government documents in Open Bookshelf? We’d love to hear from you at ebooks@dp.la.