//  5/11/17  //  Uncategorized

We will keep this link updated with all Take Care analysis of the President's abrupt termination of FBI Director Comey. 

The Comey Firing in (Comparative) Context

Aziz Huq | 5/11/17

President Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey prompted two immediate questions: Is the firing legal, and is this a constitutional crisis? But are these even the right questions to pose?

On Presumptions Of Regularity, And Incidents Of Irregularity

Leah Litman | 5/11/17  

The presumption of regularity, like all presumptions, is rebuttable, not conclusive evidence

Trump's Firing of Jim Comey is the Latest Test of What Congressional Republicans Will Let Him Get Away With

Ian Samuel | 5/10/17 

It'll only matter if they make it matter.

Why Trump’s Firing of Comey is Terrifying

Zachary Price | 5/10/17

Our country has a very strong, very important norm of apolitical law enforcement. But this norm, ironically, is enforced mostly by politics, not law—and Trump’s action has risked doing it irreparable damage. Going forward, here's what to watch at the state and federal levels.

Why Firing Comey Guts DOJ's Main Defense of the Muslim Ban 

Joshua Matz | 5/10/17

Sometimes, when an emissary of the President asks courts to “trust us,” things the President does elsewhere can fatally undermine judicial confidence in the President’s respect for rule of law values. We’ve seen it before and we’re about to see it again.

It Was Legal for the President to Fire Comey. That’s the Problem.

Niko Bowie | 5/10/17

It’s already too late in the day to trust the executive branch to police itself. That lack of trust should extend to a special prosecutor, independent counsel, or whatever other nice terms you want to call it. At this point, only Congress can credibly investigate the President.

Fake Transparency

Neil Kinkopf | 5/9/17

As long as the Deputy Attorney General is writing memos making recommendations to the President, it is time to make a recommendation for the appointment of a special counsel.

Yes, The President Can Constitutionally Fire Comey

Jason Harrow | 5/9/17

According to breaking news reports, President Trump has fired FBI director James Comey. It's within his power to do that.

 


Versus Trump: Vs. The Inaugural Committee, Plus Bolton Update

1/30/20  //  Commentary

On this week’s Versus Trump, Charlie and Jason look at a new lawsuit by D.C. claiming that Trump's inaugural committee overpaid for space at the Trump Hotel and thus "wasted" at least $1 million in charitable funds. Spoiler alert: the lawsuit seems convincing. Listen now!

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Versus Trump: Who Are Presidential Electors?

1/25/20  //  In-Depth Analysis

On this week’s Versus Trump, Charlie and Easha take a deep dive into two recently granted Supreme Court cases that go to the heart of the systems that we use to elect the President. The discussion takes us deep into questions of political accountability, free choice, and constitutional history. A classic Versus Trump cat's-away-mice-will-play episode chock full of fun analysis of, among other things, Jason's work. Listen now! (I mean right now.)

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps

Easha Anand

San Francisco

Versus Trump: Trump vs. The Equal Rights Amendment

1/16/20  //  In-Depth Analysis

On this week’s Versus Trump, Jason, Easha, and Charlie discuss the Trump Administration's new legal opinion regarding the legal status of the Equal Rights Amendment, also known as the ERA. They consider what will happen now that Virginia has become the 38th state to ratify the ERA since 1972. Is it too late, or can Congress do anything to add this amendment to the Constitution? Listen now!

Easha Anand

San Francisco

Charlie Gerstein

Civil Rights Corps