Two complementary articles in the most recent issue of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics assess the role of the president’s legal advisers in times of crisis.
Bob Bauer served as White House Counsel to President Obama. 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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Trump's tweet Sunday was inadvisable as his lawyers seek to fend off Robert Mueller’s request for an interview and with Michael Cohen reportedly willing to testify that the president knew the goal of the Trump Tower meeting.
Trump’s Preposterous 'Collusion Is Not a Crime' Defense: What Real Lawyers—If Asked—Would Have Advised His Campaign About the Trump Tower Meeting
No lawyer would have advised the Trump campaign that because "collusion" is not an offense under federal campaign finance law, the Trump campaign could safely enter into a political alliance with a foreign power.
What Mueller may do and when should the public know it.
Some presidential behavior that may not consist of discrete crimes is still within range of the serious “abuse or violation” of public trust that justifies discussion of impeachment.
There is a curious tension, if not an inconsistency, between the former FBI director's stress on the imperative of individual ethical decision-making and his endorsement of the IG process.
The Rule of Law in the Demagogic Presidency, Part II: Giuliani’s Hypothetical of a Murder in the Oval Office
In posing a hypothetical that a president could not be indicted for committing murder, Giuliani appears not to have considered the serious questions that raises about his positions on the president’s immunity from liability for obstruction of justice and abuse of the pardon power.