The president’s refusal to commit to an interview with the special counsel comes straight out of his standard playbook.
Bob Bauer served as White House Counsel to President Obama, and returned to private practice as a partner at Perkins Coie in June 2011. In 2013, the President named Bob to be Co-Chair of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. He is a Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at New York University School of Law, as well as the Co-Director of the university's Legislative and Regulatory Process Clinic.
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The president’s resort to threatened litigation against the author and publisher of Fire and Fury is another major hit to democratic norms.
Donald Trump’s attacks on the independence of the Justice Department may have a lasting effects on a crucial norm governing the conduct of the presidency.
The president can obstruct justice by firing senior law enforcement officials, and impeachment is a fully constitutional remedy for it.
Michael Flynn’s lies to the FBI are the latest in the series of falsehoods told to deny the extraordinary Trump-Russia relationship, and it is a mistake to assume that the former national security adviser acted without encouragement or direction.
It is a not a criminalization of politics to investigate serious allegations of criminality in politics.
A President’s Words Matter, Part III: The Trump Attack on the Department of Justice and the Politics of Demagoguery
Trump’s assault on governing norms is a product of a demagogic politics in which he presents himself as the only answer to failing institutions. A strong, sustained institutional defense is required to meet this challenge.