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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What Does Comey's Statement Tell Us about Obstruction of Justice in the Flynn Investigation?

Nothing in explicit terms about whether Trump engaged in obstruction of justice appears in Comey's written account. But there is something close to it—the intimation that the President’s expressed desire that Mr. Comey "let… go" of the Flynn investigation would require evaluation at some point in the future.

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The President “Lawyers Up”: Constitutional Duty and Private Interest in the Trump Legal Defense

As in the case of Watergate or the Kenneth Starr investigation of President Clinton, we presume that it is reasonable for President Trump to “lawyer up" in facing the Russia investigation. Yet Trump’s defense will present serious conflicts with his duties as President.

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More on Rule of Law in the Trump Administration and the Role of Congress

​The President, through his Office of Management and Budget (OMB), is fighting again with the Office of Government Ethics (OGE). Will the House, the Senate, or both, look beyond the particulars of Russia probe into the basic question of how the Administration functions on rule of law issues?