From a detached legal perspective, Trump’s actions are not terribly controversial or worrisome. In context, they are.

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tomsilo
tomsilo
a year ago

The one bright side here is that executive privilege & overreach are finally taking center stage. That's been a silent crisis for both parties.

corrie
corrie
a year ago

"Trump is not by a mile the first president to invoke executive power aggressively for political purposes. But he might be the first plausibly to be seen to exercise emergency powers openly for political purposes."

Executive overreach has been going on for decades, but the usual concern has been that Presidents are taking powers that should belong to Congress. Great point that there is another danger here, which is that national security powers, once taken by the Executive branch, could be used for wholly political aims. Then again, the cynical view would be that this is also par for the course.