Margaret Atwood told the Hay Festival she fears the way her book The Handmaid's Tale could be used.
Laurence TribeMargaret Atwood was asked by an audience member if she feared the book could be used as an instruction manual and said: "Yes, there is that problem...if Mike Pence gets his hands on the controls, just you wait." The same thing occurred to me . . .
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Laurence TribeSadly, @marty_lederman is right: What’s newsworthy is the silent complicity of every last GOP member of the House and Senate as Trump daily proves his obvious unfitness for any public office, let alone the highest.
President Donald Trump used racist language on Sunday to attack progressive Democratic congresswomen, falsely implying they weren't natural-born American citizens.
Laurence Tribe“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist...Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”—Martin Niemoller.
The issues raised by this saga go to the heart of the American class system, in which people of great wealth and social standing are able to buy their own brand of justice.
Laurence Tribe”Epstein’s story is a searing indictment of the entire criminal-justice system and the special treatment it grants to people of great wealth who can afford to hire high-priced legal mercenaries like Roy Black, Alan Dershowitz, Jay Lefkowitz, and Ken Starr”
The accusations were made by federal prosecutors who want to deny bail for Mr. Epstein, the financier facing sex-trafficking charges.
Laurence TribeThis should end all talk of letting Epstein walk pending trial. Only a high-security jail cell can ensure that his ongoing crime spree ends and that he faces the justice he has so richly earned.
Oral arguments in the appeals case where President Trump will be arguing to block a congressional subpoena for his financial...
Laurence TribeToday’s DC Circuit arg
on the subpoena to DJT’s accountants would’ve gone way more easily if the House had authorized a formal inquiry on whether POTUS should be impeached. I still think Judge Mehta was correct, but it’s needlessly uphill now.
The House Speaker has been reluctant to impeach Donald Trump, but denying the reality of his transgressions will only perpetuate his narcissism and enable him politically.
Laurence TribeYes! This has been my view for months now. Avoiding an #ImpeachmentInquiryNow will prove to have been an historic blunder: constitutional, moral, political, global. The price of learning all the wrong lessons from our past will be incalculable & lasting.
Laurence TribeI imagine lots of my 560,000 or so followers are noncitizen immigrants — as I once was — so here’s a helpful primer on your rights, especially useful in the face of Trump’s threatened ICE raids. Please consider retweeting whether you’re a citizen or not
In Central Europe, people are protesting or electing as if they were sick of rule by corrupt demagogic authoritarians. Perhaps it’s contagious.
Laurence TribeA rare ray of light in a dark time:
“The reigning orthodoxy is that it’s only a matter of time until far-right populist parties begin winning elections in country after country. But evidence from across Central Europe runs counter to that.”
The attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia alleged Trump’s business with foreign governments was violating anti-corruption provisions in the Constitution.
Laurence TribeThe 4th Circuit’s dismissal of this suit leaves two other Emoluments Clause suits in place, and anyway the dismissal was only about standing. None of the results to date undercuts impeachment based on Trump’s violation of this foreign corruption clause.
The special counsel will testify before Congress next week. He needs to answer for historic legal and factual errors.
Laurence TribeThis is a strong critique of Mueller’s investigation — but it doesn’t support a conclusion that the Mueller report in any way absolved Trump of serious campaign crimes with Russia’s help or of impeachable instances of criminal obstruction of justice
Barr said the Justice Department will back Mueller if he violates the subpoena that Congress issued for his testimony -- and he already agreed to honor.
Laurence Tribe“Barr also said the Justice Department would support Mueller if he sought to violate the subpoena that Congress issued for his testimony.” Of course! Like candidate Trump saying he’d pay for the defense of supporters who rough up critics at his rallies.
News media access may be curbed next week when a three-judge panel considers whether to unseal certain documents relating to a lawsuit over the sexual abuse of minor girls by multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein and his associates.
Laurence TribePress access to criminal proceedings is a core First Amendment right. My first Supreme Court argument established that: Richmond Newspapers v. Virginia 448 U.S.555 (1980). Any civil libertarian should know that.
Attorney General William Barr said Monday that he believes the Trump administration can legally add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, though the Supreme Court ruled against its inclusion last month.
Laurence Tribe“I agree with [President Trump] that the [Supreme Court’s] decision was wrong,” Barr told the AP.
Well, that settles it, then!
As governments debate the best way to combat Kremlin propaganda, internal documents show the political disputes behind what appeared to be an ambitious effort.
Laurence TribeAll the more reason for us not to wait till the 2020 election to do anything real to get around Trump’s deep aversion to acknowledging and combatting the Russian disinformation threat that already installed one POTUS.
The Trump administration’s commitment to deterring immigration through cruelty has made horrifying conditions in detention facilities inevitable.
Laurence Tribe“The argument over whether or not these facilities amount to concentration camps ... obscures the true conflict, over whether the Trump administration’s treatment of migrants amounts to a historic crime.” I say yes. I count it an impeachable “high Crime”