Sujit Choudhry was recently featured in a new book. In the book he discusses his thoughts on a tweet from Eric Holder near the end of 2017. The book is called Constitutional Democracies in Crisis?
Eric Holder is the former Attorney General under the Obama administration. The tweet from December was all about Donald Trump and Robert Mueller. Eric Holder suggested that if the White House fired Robert Mueller from his position as special council, the American citizens would ultimately be the ones to decide if it the decision would stand or not. Eric Holder describes the scenario as an absolute red line. It is unknown if he means it is a red line to the justice system or if it is a red line that citizens will not stand for.
Choudhry discusses all possible meanings at length in his chapter in Constitutional Democracies in Crisis.
If the American public does not protest if Donald Trump somehow fires Robert Mueller, it means the American population has decided it is okay for politicians to abuse their position. If the outrage is too high after such a controversial action then it could be the end of Trump.
Sujit goes into further detail in the new book.
Choudhry explains that Holder’s message is formed from a background in “constitutional self-enforcement “and are “built around the concept of a focal point”, (medium.com). However, Choudhry points out the peculiar fact that Holder doesn’t make any mention of the legal repercussions of firing special council Mueller. The fact is peculiar for the simple reason that Eric Holder was at once point in time the head law enforcement agent in the entire United States. The FBI, CIA, and NSA all answered to Holder during his time as Attorney General.
About Sujit Choudhry
Sujit Choudhry is a law professor and an expert in politics and constitutional law. His expertise has enabled him to travel the world during international lectures. Refer to blogs.law.nyu.edu for more about Choudhry.
Choudhry, as a constitutional adviser and other positions, works for the Center for Constitutional Transitions, World Bank Institute at the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program and the United Nations Mediation Roster.
Connect with Choudhry at https://www.linkedin.com/in/sujit-choudhry