Joanne Freeman on Federalist No. 76 and the Whitaker Lawsuit

A group of Senate Democrats–Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii)–has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration.  The suit challenges the constitutionality of the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general. The suit invokes the Constitution’s Appointments Clause and references Alexander Hamilton in Federalist 76: The Constitution’s Appointments Clause … Continue reading Joanne Freeman on Federalist No. 76 and the Whitaker Lawsuit

Lamar Alexander’s Statement is Full of Historical Problems

If Lamar Alexander wants to oppose witnesses in the Donald Trump impeachment trial he has that right.  But spare us the “history” lesson. Alexander statement says: I worked with other senators to make sure that we have the right to ask for more documents and witnesses, but there is no need for more evidence to … Continue reading Lamar Alexander’s Statement is Full of Historical Problems

“Dershowitz’s view is so absurd that I don’t know of even one legal scholar who studies the Constitution who agrees with him”

During the impeachment trial, Trump defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz made the case that “abuse of power” is not an impeachable offense. Harvard University constitutional law scholar Noah Feldman (along with nearly all other constitution scholars) disagree. Here is Feldman today at Bloomberg News: As Republicans scramble to argue that they don’t need to call witnesses … Continue reading “Dershowitz’s view is so absurd that I don’t know of even one legal scholar who studies the Constitution who agrees with him”

Wayne Grudem Lives in a Different Moral Universe Than I Do

In case you missed it, evangelical theologian Wayne Grudem has turned to the politically conservative website Townhall to defend Donald Trump and criticize Mark Galli’s Christianity Today editorial. Grudem begins: Galli gives six reasons why Trump should be removed, either by impeachment or at the next election: (1) He attempted to “coerce a foreign leader to harass … Continue reading Wayne Grudem Lives in a Different Moral Universe Than I Do

More Court Evangelicals Defend Trump in Light of the *Christianity Today* Editorial

Court evangelical after court evangelical are rising-up to defend Donald Trump in the wake of Mark Galli’s Christianity Today editorial calling for his removal.  Franklin, Graham, Robert Jeffress, Tony Perkins, Jenetzen Franklin, James Dobson, Samuel Rodriguez,  Johnnie Moore,and Jim Garlow, to name a few, have all turned to their favorite web pages and news outlets to make … Continue reading More Court Evangelicals Defend Trump in Light of the *Christianity Today* Editorial

Trump’s Lawyer Writes to Jerry Nadler

Yesterday Donald Trump’s White House lawyer Pat Cipollone sent a letter to Jerry Nadler, chair of the House Judiciary Committee.  Here it is: Dear Chairman Nadler: As you know, your impeachment inquiry is completely baseless and has violated basic principles of due process and fundamental fairness. Nevertheless, the Speaker of the House yesterday ordered House … Continue reading Trump’s Lawyer Writes to Jerry Nadler

American History Finds Its Way Into the Impeachment Report

Read it the entire impeachment report here. A taste (in bold): The Framers of the Constitution well understood that an individual could one day occupy the Office of the President who would place his personal or political interests above those of the nation. Having just won hard-fought independence from a King with unbridled authority, they … Continue reading American History Finds Its Way Into the Impeachment Report

Thursday night court evangelical roundup

What have Trump’s evangelicals been saying since our last update? They are still coming for Jesus: As I said in an earlier tweet…. the left is coming after Jesus and the apostles next. Not the statues but the historic faith of Christianity https://t.co/wO8INqFk0v — Jack Graham (@jackngraham) July 9, 2020 Graham is responding to this tweet by Mike Huckabee: … Continue reading Thursday night court evangelical roundup

Trump launched his 2020 campaign tonight. Not much has changed since 2016.

Earlier this evening, Donald Trump started his campaign with a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The number of coronavirus cases in Oklahoma is rising. Most of those who did attend the rally were not wearing masks. With the exception of U.S. Senator James Lankford, none of the politicians Trump asked to stand and be recognized–Senators James … Continue reading Trump launched his 2020 campaign tonight. Not much has changed since 2016.

Let’s Check-In on the Court Evangelicals

Here is what your favorite pro-Trump evangelical leaders–the court evangelicals— are saying about everything going in our country right now: Robert Jeffress is using scripture to subtely suggest that Christians should obey their government. Once again, he is using the Bible and the flag in the same tweet: “I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions … Continue reading Let’s Check-In on the Court Evangelicals

The French-Metaxas Debate: Some Commentary

Last week, during an event called the Q 2020 Virtual Summit, evangelical writers David French and Eric Metaxas had a conversation with host Gabe Lyons about evangelical support for Donald Trump.   I let this transcript sit for a few days now.  It is now time for commentary.  See my remarks in bold. GABE LYONS: “Well as we continue forward with our … Continue reading The French-Metaxas Debate: Some Commentary

Welcome to the United States Senate, the “World Great Deliberate Body”

1788: As the select assemblies for choosing the President, as well as the State legislatures who appoint the senators, will in general be composed of the most enlightened and respectable citizens, there is reason to presume that their attention and their votes will be directed to those men only who have become the most distinguished by … Continue reading Welcome to the United States Senate, the “World Great Deliberate Body”

Would the Founders Have Recognized GOP Arguments Against Trump’s Removal?

As we enter the 2020 election season I have been trying to do more writing for local and regional outlets here in Pennsylvania. This morning I have an op-ed on the impeachment trial at LNP/Lancaster On-Line (formerly Intelligencer Journal-Lancaster New Era).  Here is a taste: Other Republican senators, including Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Susan Collins of … Continue reading Would the Founders Have Recognized GOP Arguments Against Trump’s Removal?

Why Romney Did It

Here is McKay Coppins at The Atlantic: Mitt Romney didn’t want to go through with it. “This has been the most difficult decision I have ever had to make in my life,” he told me yesterday afternoon in his Senate office. Roughly 24 hours later, Romney would deliver a speech announcing that he was voting … Continue reading Why Romney Did It

Court Evangelical Tony Perkins: “Donald Trump is the best president Christians have ever had.”

Of all the court evangelicals, Tony Perkins talks the most about the contractual relationship between Donald Trump and conservative evangelical Christians.  Perkins supported Ted Cruz in the 2016 GOP primaries, but now he is all-in for Trump. But Perkins has been clear about one thing: if Trump stops delivering on the issues he and other … Continue reading Court Evangelical Tony Perkins: “Donald Trump is the best president Christians have ever had.”

Trump Sends Letter to Pelosi: “You are declaring open war on American Democracy”

Read the 6-page letter here. Themes and commentary: Trump calls his impeachment an “unprecedented and unconstitutional abuse of power by Democrat Lawmakers unequaled in nearly two and a half centuries of American legislative history.”  It is not unprecedented.  It has happened twice before.  It is not unconstitutional.  It is not an abuse of power.  It … Continue reading Trump Sends Letter to Pelosi: “You are declaring open war on American Democracy”