Can Trump Pardon Himself?

There are reports that Donald Trump has asked his advisers whether he has the power to pardon himself as a way out of any Russia problems that might result in criminal charges. So that raises the rather obvious question: Can he do that? The answer is not entirely clear. … [Read more...]

Gohmert, Dobbs: FBI Director Should Pledge Loyalty to Trump

Louis Gohmert, the dumbest man in the House of Representatives, went on Lou Dobbs' show on Fox and the two of them argued that the FBI director should, in fact, pledge their loyalty to Donald Trump because the FBI should not be an independent agency. … [Read more...]

Republican Senator Scolds Trump for Ignoring Democratic Oversight Inquiries

Sen. Charles Grassley, a Republican from Iowa who has been in the Senate for decades, sent a rather scathing letter to Donald Trump strongly criticizing him for ordering executive agencies to ignore requests for information from Democratic members of Congressional oversight committees. … [Read more...]

Trump to Sign ‘Religious Freedom’ Order

Donald Trump is apparently going to sign a new executive order on "religious freedom" that, if the reports of what it is to contain are correct, he simply does not have the authority to do. This isn't just RFRA-style stuff, he evidently thinks he can overturn the Johnson Amendment by himself. … [Read more...]

How Conservative Judges Made Trump’s Sanctuary City Order Unconstitutional

Notre Dame law professor Garrett Epps explains at the Atlantic how a ruling by the conservative judges on the Supreme Court 20 years ago is the key precedent that makes Trump's executive order punishing "sanctuary cities" unconstitutional. … [Read more...]

New Trump Spokesman Doesn’t Understand Separation of Powers

For some bizarre reason, the Trump administration decided to send the toxic Steven Miller, the architect of some of his worst policy ideas, on television as a spokesperson. It worked out about as well as Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer. Miller's ignorance of judicial and executive power was on full display. … [Read more...]

John Yoo Thinks Trump is Overstepping His Executive Authority

John Yoo, the man behind the infamous torture memo that argued that the president could crush the testicles of the young son of a detainee in order to get them to give them information, thinks that Donald Trump is overstepping his legitimate executive powers. … [Read more...]

Trump Backs Down on ‘Lock Her Up’ and Right is Furious

After spending the last several months whipping his crowds of mindless authoritarians into a frenzy with chants of "lock her up," Donald Trump has suddenly decided he has no interest in doing so even if he had the power to (which he doesn't, and never did). And some of those supporters feel betrayed by it. … [Read more...]

Huckabee and Robert George, Together at Last

Robert George, probably the most prominent real legal scholar who opposes same-sex marriage (he's a law professor at Princeton), did an interview with Mike Huckabee on a Catholic TV show about same-sex marriage and his position that the president can simply ignore any ruling from the Supreme Court that he doesn't like. George actually did challenge him on how he could not then challenge the authority of a liberal president to ignore, say, the ruling in Citizens United. … [Read more...]

Neil Cavuto vs Michele Bachmann

Fox News host Neil Cavuto unloaded on Rep. Michele Bachmann as she dishonestly tried to defend a lawsuit being filed by House Republicans over President Obama's executive actions on various issues. He clearly was not buying what she was selling and accused her of hypocrisy: … [Read more...]

Former CIA Agent Hammers Feinstein

Former CIA agent Philip Giraldi has some choice words for Dianne Feinstein and other leaders in the legislative and executive branches who tut tut about the Bush torture regime while doing absolutely nothing to bring about justice or to reveal their own role in making it happen. … [Read more...]

Obama to Rein In Telephone Metadata Collection?

The New York Times reports that President Obama is preparing to submit legislation that would rein in the NSA's metadata collection activities. This is a follow up to his statement in January that he wants those records stored elsewhere and to require FISA warrants before being accessed. … [Read more...]