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Professor Peter Shane publishes op-ed in Washington Monthly discussing Donald Trump's legal losses

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Professor Peter Shane recently published an op-ed in Washington Monthly titled, "The Well-Deserved Legal Losses of Citizen Trump."

"Given the high stakes in holding Trump to account—and especially considering the January 6 attack on Congress—it is imperative that courts view Trump for who he is and not as fiduciary for the executive branch," Shane wrote. "A former president whose interest in the institution while in office went only as far as he could bend it to his personal will should not now receive deference as a guardian of legitimate executive authority.

"The D.C. Circuit called Trump’s executive privilege complaint “a grab-bag of objections that simply assert[s] without elaboration his superior assessment of Executive Branch interests, insists that Congress and the Committee have no legitimate legislative interest in an attack on the Capitol, and impugns the motives of President Biden and the House.” This is a court that sees past Trump’s pretensions to possessing some self-aggrandizing post-presidential quasi-official capacity. I suspect that the Supreme Court—explicitly or not—will do the same."

 

 

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