Bob Bauer

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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Donald Trump

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. 

Donald Trump

A President’s Words Matter, Part II: Impeachment Standards and the Case of the Demagogue

A president’s words, including his lies, are fully relevant to an assessment of his fitness for office. And, as the Framers appreciated and our history has shown, the leader who is a classic demagogue, pursuing political self-interest with a rhetoric characterized by falsehoods and disparagement, is a grave threat to democracy.