Turley To Speak At Penn Law On Presidential Power

I will have the pleasure of speaking today at the University of Pennsylvania Law School on the evolution of presidential power in the United States. I will participate in a distinguished panel entitled “Presidential Power and the Current Crisis of Executive Authority” at 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Fitts Auditorium (3501 Sansom Street, Philadelphia). The event will be open to the public.

The topic is described as follows:

“Since 9/11, the growth of the national security state has brought with it an increasing struggle to maintain the legal and ethical boundaries surrounding executive authority, boundaries that help to define and protect democratic governance. In today’s political landscape, debates about the scope of presidential power have intensified, and they are likely to accelerate even more this year, as a divided Congress does battle over fundamental aspects of civilian leadership and the president continues to press an unprecedented vision of the powers of his office. Questions such as whether a sitting president may be indicted, whether the president’s pardon power under the U.S. Constitution allows the president to pardon himself, whether the president may use emergency powers to fund and build a border wall, will be contentiously debated and may even find their way to the U.S. Supreme Court this year.”

The panel will be moderated by Professor Claire Finkelstein, Algernon Biddle Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law. The panelists will be:

Jonathan Turley – J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law, George Washington University

Sanford V.  Levinson — W. St. John Garwood and W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair, Professor of Government, University of Texas Law School Law School    

Sharon Lloyd — Professor of Philosophy and Law, University of Southern California 

Michael Skerker — Associate Professor of  Leadership, Ethics and Law, U.S. Naval Academy 

17 thoughts on “Turley To Speak At Penn Law On Presidential Power”

  1. I wonder how far Schifftless and Fineslime are going to get along with Marxine Waders? Better yet will they ever get any work done?

  2. It would seem that all power resides with the corrupted judicial branch.

    The singular American failure has been the Supreme Court.

    The entire communistic American welfare state** is irrefutably unconstitutional and has not been struck down by the Supreme Court of the judicial branch. Obamacare is eminently unconstitutional and the Supreme Court upheld it. The definitions of the words “state” and “federal” were commingled by Roberts in support of the Obamacare “exchanges.” Obama, for the benefit of the “deep state,” is conducting a coup d’etat in America against a duly elected president completely bereft of adjudication. Hillary Clinton and Obama (using a pseudonymous account) were complicit in a crime of illegal server and e-mail exchanges and mishandling classified material. The entire 7th floor of the FBI was lopped off and no criminal adjudication has occurred. And how did President Lincoln violate the Constitution repeatedly, including suspending Habeas Corpus, without immediately being sent to prison?

    Karl Marx wrote the Communist Manifesto 59 years after the adoption of the Constitution because none of the principles of the Communist Manifesto were in the Constitution. Had the principles of the Communist Manifesto been in the Constitution, Karl Marx would have had no reason to write the Communist Manifesto. The principles of the Communist Manifesto were not in the Constitution then and the principles of the Communist Manifesto are not in the Constitution now.

  3. Don’t forget to explain the six magic words to the audience. The one’s Trump has and Comrades Pelosi and Schumer do not have.

  4. JT, can only republican Presidents pardon themselves and not Democrat ones? Are republican Presidents above the law and not democratic ones? Can republican Presidents just name people to positions and not have Senate confirmation and just let them have power as “Acting”? Can only republican Presidents make money with government assets and disregard the Emolument Clause? Can only republican Presidents children have family businesses that get waivers on trade deals? And still be “special advisers” to the President? Can only republican Presidents be batshit crazy?

    1. Too bad you are in the Stupid Party and can’t understand the basic law of the land when you read it.

      JT, can only republican Presidents pardon themselves and not Democrat ones? No President can pardon him or herself.

      So far only Obama tried to claim his major go it alone deals were legal after NOT presenting them to the Senate for ‘advise and CONSENT’ one

      What emoluments? So far none have been mentioned that like stood the test of requiring a charge to be filed.

      Where does it say in the Constitution one may not have their offspring working with them or running their family businesses?

      So Stupid. your programmer has once again proved the difference between a machine part and human based comment. Ad Machina fits here because there is no evidence of ad hominem

    2. Can republican Presidents just name people to positions and not have Senate confirmation and just let them have power as “Acting”?

      Does someone have to sit you down and read you chapter and verse from the federal statute under which auspices Mr. Whitaker was appointed? Do you need a recitation of the name of every interim cabinet appointment made over the last 50 years?

      Can only republican Presidents make money with government assets and disregard the Emolument Clause?

      Can you get through the day without recycling discredited arguments?

      1. Again, did you bother to read a single news article which referred to the statutory law under which such appointments are made, appointments which have been made by every President for the last several decades?

  5. A Commander In Chief has some powers to protect the nation from acts of war, terror, and invasion. A border is part of his duty. It is a breach of duty to allow a breach in the border which lets terrorists in. A fence, a wall, a row of tanks and armed soldiers, would each help keep out the terrorists. 911 is coming to a theatre near you. Today.

    1. It’s still eeksie peeksie. I recommend the ACME barf bag that straps onto your head so you can still hold tight to the safety rail for dear life.

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