Ashwin Phatak

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Ashwin Phatak is an Appellate Counsel at the Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC). Before joining CAC, Ashwin was an Attorney-Adviser at the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice. Ashwin also served as a law clerk for Judge Patricia A. Millett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Judge Beverly B. Martin on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Ashwin graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2014, where he served as an editor on the Harvard Law Review.

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Executive Power

Trump’s Misplaced Reliance on Justice Department Memoranda to Protect His Financial Records

President Trump argues that he enjoys an absolute immunity from criminal process so sweeping that it prevents a third party from complying with a preindictment grand jury subpoena. But this is not supported by Justice Department precedents.