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.
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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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.
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.
The president's untruthful claims that the Russia investigation is a hoax carry a range of consequences—not just for the investigation but also for Trump himself.
The recent indiscretion exposes the conflicts within the legal team between the representation of the Office and the defense of Donald Trump.