Professor Sujit Choudhry, a constitutional advisor with over 20 years of experience, recently published a chapter that dissects a tweet made by Eric Holder (medium.com). Eric Holder formerly served as the Attorney General for the United States during President Obama’s time in office. The tweet was about the topic of Robert Mueller, White House Special Counsel, and the potential removal of him from the office under President Trump. Holder insists the actions would be crossing a very important line in a democracy that would lead to repercussions.
Choudhry finds it interesting that instead of suggesting ways that this action should be dealt with legally, he tells the citizens of the United States to take to the streets with protest to express their dismay of the situation. Holder believes that the actions of the American people will lead to the actions ultimate reaction by the government in this matter.
He also addressed an example of a president seeking the dissolution of a term limit that was set forth in the constitution to limit the power of a potential autocrat. Both examples are what could be considered democratic failures. He goes on to give further examples such as electoral fraud and the seizure of power by government figures.
Sujit Choudhry has been the Director for the Center of Constitutional Transitions since the year 2012 to now. This organization provides a network of experts that can mobilize and be consulted during times of constitutional crisis (http://constitutionaltransitions.org/director/#Choudhry). Their experts come from countries around the world.
As well as practicing constitutional law, Sujit Choudhry also teaches it at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Law. Since the year 2014, he has held the position of the I. Michael Heyman Professor of Law. Prior to this from 2011 to 2014 he acted as the Cecelia Goetz Professor of Law at New York University’s School of Law. His list of achievements goes on and on but quite possibly most impressively he is also a Rhodes Scholar and holds three law degrees. Related article on blogs.law.nyu.edu.
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