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Judge Andrew Napolitano: We’ve lost sight of basic constitutional norms – Does Trump understand that?

There was a time in American history — nearly all of it up to the presidency of Woodrow Wilson — when the federal government followed basic constitutional norms. With some unique and discrete exceptions, like the Civil War, Congress wrote the laws, t… Continue reading

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: Did Attorney General Barr deceive Congress?

William Barr, the attorney general of the United States, now faces a likely contempt citation for failing to comply with a congressional subpoena and for misleading Congress. Continue reading

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: Can the attorney general defend presidential obstruction?

Russian interference in the 2016 American presidential election was substantial but most folks don’t seem to care that much. Continue reading

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: Did President Trump obstruct justice?

The essence of obstruction is deception or diversion — to prevent the government from finding the truth. Continue reading

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: Are Trump’s legal woes over or just beginning?

It’s a mistake for President Trump to call for release of the full Mueller report before knowing what’s in it. Continue reading

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: Can the president legally break the law?

Legal scholars have been fascinated for two centuries about whether an American president can break the law and remain immune from prosecution. Continue reading

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: Can Congress amend the Constitution?

This week, the United States Senate will take a historic vote known as a negation, a statutory procedure whereby Congress nullifies an act of the president. The negation vote is authorized by the National Emergencies Act of 1976, which was written to p… Continue reading

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: Trump has serious and powerful tormentors. Can he survive?

Judge Andrew Napolitano: Trump has serious and powerful tormentors. Can he survive?

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: Trump, ex-aide Cliff Sims and an incredible free speech debate

While the public discourse has been consumed over the realization that abortion physicians actually let viable babies who survive late-term abortions die — as well as whether President Donald Trump or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will blink first over t… Continue reading

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: The Roger Stone arrest and your government

Roger Stone was arrested in a pre-dawn raid at his Fort Lauderdale, Florida home at which the federal government—your federal government—utilized more manpower and firepower than was dispatched to kill Usama bin Laden. Continue reading

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: An American nightmare

the current, unreal world — where politics deeply infuse law enforcement — prosecutors use brute force to send a message of terror to innocent defendants. Like all defendants at the time of arrest, Roger Stone is innocent until proven guilty beyond a… Continue reading

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: Here come more self-inflicted presidential legal woes

Last week, the investigative arm of BuzzFeed sparked a media frenzy with a report claiming that two federal law enforcement sources had informed its reporters that Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and confidant, had told special co… Continue reading

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: How dumb are the politicians who want to remove your right to self-defense?

We have a government here that is heedless of its obligation to protect our freedoms. Continue reading

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: America at Christmas time

What if Christmas is a core value of belief in a personal God who lived among us and His freely given promise of eternal salvation that no believer should reject or apologize for? Continue reading

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: Trump’s legal woes continue to grow

The rule of law in America is what keeps us free from tyranny. The rule of law — which the president has sworn his solemn oath to support — means that no one is above the law’s requirements or below its protections. It also means that those who make … Continue reading

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: Michael Cohen’s actions ‘at the direction of the president’

Last week, federal prosecutors in Washington and New York filed sentencing memorandums with federal judges in advance of the sentencings of Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen. President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and his former personal lawyer… Continue reading

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: Have we forgotten that only Congress can declare war?

Today’s topic: presidential war-making powers. Continue reading

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: Why I don’t believe that Mueller is on a fishing expedition (or is about to go home)

I am not of the view that Mueller is on a fishing expedition or is about to go home. First, he has a few dozen defendants whom he has indicted and needs to try — even though most are Russians indicted for hacking and interfering with the 2016 election… Continue reading

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: The chief justice takes on the president

When Donald Trump became president, he swore an oath to uphold the Constitution and enforce federal laws “faithfully.” James Madison, who was the scrivener at the Constitutional Convention, insisted on using the word “faithfully” in the presidential oa… Continue reading

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: This Thanksgiving, for what should we be thankful?

What if, on Thanksgiving Day, our gratitude is for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? What if these are integral to our humanity despite the government assault on them? Continue reading

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