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Harvard’s Tribe: Sessions Firing, Whitaker Appointment 'Slow Motion Constitutional Crisis'

Harvard’s Tribe: Sessions Firing, Whitaker Appointment 'Slow Motion Constitutional Crisis'

Thursday on MSNBC’s “Live,” Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe said President Donald Trump removing Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointing Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general was a “slow motion constitutional crisis.”

When asked why he believes the appointment of Whittaker is illegal, Tribe said, “The fundamental reason is the U.S. Constitution in Article 2, Section 2, Clause 2 makes it absolutely clear that a principal officer of the United States, that is somebody who exercises enough power so he’s answerable only to the president, cannot be appointed just by the president, even if Congress were to authorize it, which it hasn’t here; but must be appointed pursuant to the advice and consent of the Senate.

He continued, “I think when the Democrats take over the House they should simply disregard everything that this pretender to the position of attorney general tries to do.

That makes his appointment unconstitutional.

It seems to me from the beginning when he basically said, ‘I don’t think Jeff Sessions should recuses himself,’ even though the rules of the Department of Justice told him he should because he was involved in the campaign he would otherwise be supervising the investigation of, ‘I don’t think he should recuse himself’ and he made it transparent to anyone with eyes or ears, the reason is he wanted someone in that position who would shield him, protect him from the investigation.

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