Conservative lawyer: No President’s actions have ever…

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As best I can tell, no President’s actions have ever so adversely affected trust in his administration, including Nixon during Watergate

Those words are from the 12th of 17 tweets by Jack Goldsmith yesterday.  Goldsmith is universally considered to be an outstanding legal mind.  He graduated from Washington and Lee University Summa cum Laude, picked up a second bachelor’s at Oxford, and got his law degree from Yale.  He also has an Masters from Oxford, and clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkerson on the Fourth Circuit and for Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.   He taught at the University of Chicago Law School before joining the administration of George W. Bush, where he first served in the Defense Department, and then as Assistant Attorney General supervising the Office of Legal Counsel, from which he resigned in 2004.  He now teaches at Harvard Law.

There is no doubt that Goldsmith is considered a conservative.

Thus when he put forth his powerful Twitter storm yesterday, many people took notice.

I reproduce the 17 tweets from that storm below.

I suggest that this is yet another indication of the readiness of an increasing number of people on the right politically willing to see this President out of office.


1/ Trump’s actions since January, & especially in last month, take us so far beyond normal that it’s hard to have any faith in Exec branch.

— Jack Goldsmith (@jacklgoldsmith) June 5, 2017

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2/ In the last month alone he has told many lies, fired Comey related to Russia probe, dissed long-time allies, re-attacked courts,

— Jack Goldsmith (@jacklgoldsmith) June 5, 2017

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3/ Shut out & viciously attacked the press, reacted whole inappropriately to London attack, spilled deep secrets to Russians,

— Jack Goldsmith (@jacklgoldsmith) June 5, 2017

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4/ Called appointment of Mueller by his DAG Rosenstein a “witch hunt,” called honorable former officials liars, etc. etc. etc.

— Jack Goldsmith (@jacklgoldsmith) June 5, 2017

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5/ Given POTUS’s instability, it is not just courts that have reason to relax presumption of regularity for this Prez.

— Jack Goldsmith (@jacklgoldsmith) June 5, 2017

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6/ We all have reason to do so about everything the Executive branch does that touches, however lightly, the President.

— Jack Goldsmith (@jacklgoldsmith) June 5, 2017

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7/ .@benjaminwittes took this view on 11-6: “DT does not enter office with a presumption of regularity in his work.” https://t.co/WQ5v8ffzwV

— Jack Goldsmith (@jacklgoldsmith) June 5, 2017

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8/ I don’t know about 11-6, but this view is certainly warranted now and has been for a while.

— Jack Goldsmith (@jacklgoldsmith) June 5, 2017

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9/ One thing DT behavior entails (as predicted, https://t.co/fooV7AynXb) is many losses in court, and not just on the immigration EOs.

— Jack Goldsmith (@jacklgoldsmith) June 5, 2017

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10/ Everything else Executive would normally win—reversing Clean Power Plan, terminating treaty, new regs, etc.—will be much, much harder.

— Jack Goldsmith (@jacklgoldsmith) June 5, 2017

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11/ The impulsive, uncontrolled, ill-informed President infects the legal soundness of everything his administration does.

— Jack Goldsmith (@jacklgoldsmith) June 5, 2017

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12/ As best I can tell, no President’s actions have ever so adversely affected trust in his administration, including Nixon during Watergate

— Jack Goldsmith (@jacklgoldsmith) June 5, 2017

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13/ My sympathies for the honorable people (especially the honorable attorneys) working around Trump are greater than ever.

— Jack Goldsmith (@jacklgoldsmith) June 5, 2017

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14/ Every hour they face the qu whether doing the normal thing in protecting presidential prerogatives is, with this POTUS, appropriate.

— Jack Goldsmith (@jacklgoldsmith) June 5, 2017

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15/ Thus the question: How much can *executive branch officials* indulge the presumption of regularity in their work?

— Jack Goldsmith (@jacklgoldsmith) June 5, 2017

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16/ And: To the extent that they can’t, how long do they continue to serve?

— Jack Goldsmith (@jacklgoldsmith) June 5, 2017

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17/ And: How long should they apply normal executive branch principles to buck up this president?  END.

— Jack Goldsmith (@jacklgoldsmith) June 5, 2017

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