Andrew Rudalevige

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This week, White House counsel Pat Cipollone sent a letter to House leaders attacking their impeachment inquiry into President Trump. He complained that their approach to impeachment, a process laid out in Articles I and II of the Constitution, is “unconstitutional” and “constitutionally invalid”.

Cipollone’s fellow lawyers have not been kind in assessing his legal arguments or his treatment of the factual record. Conservative legal luminary George Conway tweeted, “I cannot fathom how any self-respecting member of the bar could affix his name to this letter …. [I]t disgraces the profession”. Others focused on the role Cipollone holds. Former Justice Department official Marty Lederman said “the most important & distressing point” was that “the WH Counsel, whose job is to ensure that the POTUS complies with the law and Constitution, is defending the ‘appropriateness’ of Trump’s breach of constitutional duty rather than insisting it cease immediately”.…  Seguir leyendo »