Versus Trump: 2017 Scorecard
On the first episode of Versus Trump of 2018, Jason and Charlie look back at Versus Trump cases in 2017 and score them as Administration wins, losses, or not-yet-decided. They also look ahead at big issues to come in 2018. Listen now!
What Will You Do if Mueller is Fired?
If your tendency, like mine, is to deliberate when called to action, my humble suggestion is simply this: Deliberate now. Reflect on what you will do now. Decide now.
Updates | The Week of November 13, 2017
The House passes its version of a tax bill that would dramatically alter the tax code as President Trump faces trouble over the diversity of his federal judicial nominees and the fitness of his appointees to office, some of whom have alleged conflicts of interest.
Updates | The Week of October 30, 2017
Rep Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) announced that a group of House Democrats plan to file new impeachment charges against President Trump before Thanksgiving and are currently consulting with constitutional scholars
Updates | The Week of October 16
A group of mental-health professionals launched a petition to remove President Trump through the Twenty-Fifth Amendment on the grounds that he is psychologically unfit to be president. Eugene Robinson argues President Trump should be impeached if he withdraws emergency assistance to Puerto Rico before Puerto Rico is ready.
President Trump Shouldn't Be Impeached If He Hasn't Committed a Crime
It would be a grave mistake to call for President Trump's impeachment if he hasn't committed a crime. In an era of tit-for-tat partisanship, lowering the impeachment standard to “anything Congress thinks is wrong” is a recipe for dysfunctional government, one in which the House of one party could perpetually threaten to impeach the White House of another.
Trump, Pardons, and Guilt
By Mark Osler: Pardons by Trump would be a significant departure from what the pardon power has meant. Clemency is for the guilty, not the innocent.
Tax Consequences of Legal Defense Funds
President Trump and a number of his associates have established legal defense funds (LDFs) in connection with various Congressional investigations. What rules govern these LDFs?
Why Impeachment Must Remain A Priority
The appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller must not lead progressives to put the thought of impeaching President Trump on a back-burner.
Can the President Pardon Himself? Well, He Can Try.
By Brian Kalt: Presidential pardons are an important part of our constitutional system of powers, checks, and balances. A self-pardon would test several others parts of that system. As interesting as that might be, here’s hoping that it never happens.
Treason and Cyberwarfare
By Carlton Larson: There are two forms of treason recognized under the United States Constitution: (1) levying war against the United States; and (2) adhering to our enemies, giving them aid and comfort. Each raises slightly different issues with respect to cyberwarfare.
Trump, Trust, and the 25th Amendment
Imagine that the President lacked credibility entirely, whether because he was a pathological liar or because his lying was – hypothetically speaking – one symptom of a narcissistic personality disorder. Would there be anything the American people or government officials should or could do about it, short of waiting until the end of the President’s term.
The One Question Worth Asking
Here's the most important question to ask about indictments, pardons and self-pardons, and obstruction of justice.
Russia and 'Enemies' under the Treason Clause
By Carlton Larson: If we use “treason” in a loose, rhetorical sense, it is plausible to claim that Trump, Jr., Kushner, Manafort and others committed treason by knowingly meeting with a Russian operative for the purpose of obtaining dirt on Hillary Clinton. But the argument fails as a legal matter.
Presidential Bad Faith
If the President cannot be trusted to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” then that obligation falls on “We the People."
Versus Trump Podcast: Prosecuting Trump FAQ + James Williams
On today's two-part episode of Versus Trump, Take Care's podcast, we answer three burning questions related to whether the sitting President can face criminal charges, and how that prosecution could be started. We also have an interview with James Williams, the County Counsel for Santa Clara County, where he discusses his County's lawsuit against Trump Administration that has so far successfully prevented the Trump Administration from enforcing an executive order that would have withdrawn federal funding from so-called sanctuary cities.
By Bernadette Meyler: History teaches that Trump should not be considering whether he possesses the power to pardon himself but rather what the consequences of employing that power would be.
First Tragedy, Now Farce
Those who forget history are indeed doomed to repeat it. But when history repeats, it often shifts in the repetition: first acts come as tragedy and then return as farce. By many measures, Nixon was a tragic figure. Trump, by contrast, is pure farce. And unlike tragedies, farces don’t end with a flash of recognition—a moment of self-awareness like King Lear’s on the heath. Farces just keep going until someone cries "enough!"
Updates | The Week of September 11, 2017
Trump's decision to end DACA spurs a flurry of legal challenges; his election fraud commission gets into more trouble; and the Supreme Court stays the Ninth Circuit's latest trvel ban ruling.
Updates | The Week of May 29, 2017
As calls by local officials for President Trump’s impeachment mounted, commentators continued to analyze the standard for impeachment.
Updates | The Week of March 27, 2017
Proposals for a "special election," potentially in response to evidence of Russian interference with the 2016 Presidential Election, raise major constitutional, political, and policy questions, as Ian Samuel explains on Take Care.
Updates | The Week of July 24, 2017
President Trump targeted special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation for criticism as the president reportedly considered whether to pardon himself, family members, and others tied to the Russia investigation.
Updates | The Week of July 17, 2017
Representative Al Green continues his fight to impeach the President, but it is unlikely a majority of the Senate will join him, which some believe is an abdication of congressional duty.
Updates | The Week of June 12, 2017
"Hope" is a sufficient basis for obstruction of justice, argue Daniel Epps and Leah Litman (in one Take Care post) and Ryan Hayward (in another). Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating possible obstruction of justice by President Trump.
Updates | The Week of August 7, 2017
Examining impeachment solely through the lens of criminal law and prosecution obscures the real purpose of the impeachment power, wrote Gene Healy at the Cato Institute. Also this week, Eric Posner evaluated the chances of President Trump's impeachment.
Updates | The Week of August 28, 2017
Trump's pardon of former sheriff Joe Arpaio sets off a firestorm; another battle over Trump's immigration ban is heard by the Ninth Circuit; and investigators and journalists turn up more evidence of Trump's business dealings with Russia.
Updates | The Week of September 25, 2017
Representative Al Green plans to introduce articles of impeachment next week in response to President Trump's comments about the NFL protests. The President's denial of Russian interference may have consequences for potential impeachment proceedings.
Updates | The Week of July 31, 2017
Anthony Scaramucci was fired after only ten days as White House communications director. Congress could censure President Trump without pursuing the formal impeachment process.