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Rules and Norms in the Trump Presidency: The Risks and Rewards of ‘Playing It Straight’ on the Inside

James Comey famously does things his own way, and the Department of Justice inspector general has not approved. Having criticized the former FBI director’s handling of the Clinton email investigation, the inspector general most recently upbraided him for his use of “sensitive investigative information” in sounding an alarm about Donald Trump.

Executive Power

The Unintended Consequences of Enshrining Norms in Law

Donald Trump’s disregard for governing norms is by now well established. It is partly but not entirely explained by his impulsiveness and lack of experience with government. A norm is, after all, a constraint on action: Norms are “guardrails” to support the lawful and ethical operation of the executive branch. And Trump has no patience for constraints.

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