If there is one thing that Sujit Choudhry does not want to see, it would be a democracy in shambles. If there is one thing he has learned in his many years as a constitutional scholar, it would be the fact that there are a number of boundaries that should not be crossed. Sujit Choudhry is fond of calling these boundaries an “absolute red line” if they are crossed. In a nutshell, Crossing them in the United States or in any other country could prompt a serious constitutional crisis. He know it’s a number of current examples.
The most glaring one would be and the current administration, and he is writing in response to a tweet from Attorney General Eric Holder, from the last Administration. Of course, president Trump has considered firing Robert Mueller for his investigation into Russian interference. Obama’s Attorney General and many others will leave that this would be one of those red lines that should never be crossed. For more of his published works, visit works.bepress.com.
Sujit Choudhry calls this potential red line a focal point. He said that Eric Holder’s tweet represents a focal point in that Mueller and others are meant to be a check on limitless political power, whether you agree with the premise or not. Choudhry also notes how interesting it is that Holder does not even mention the possibility of challenging Mueller’s authority at all. He seems fine with allowing Mueller to do his job until he himself feels there is nothing left to investigate.
Of course, there are other areas where Sujit Choudhry notes the existence of such a red line. One example that could potentially occur in the United States would be a president attempting to go further than two terms. Choudhry notes that any president that attempted to stay longer then two terms – even through declaring a national emergency – would be yet again crossing one of these all too important red lines. Finally, the other areas where this constitutional law scholar notes that would be a red line would be a simple coup d’etat here in the United States. There is no doubt that we live in interesting times indeed.
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