June 28, 2021
April 14, 2020
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President Trump proclaimed yesterday that the President “calls the shots” and that the power of the President is “total.” Vice President Pence backed him up, saying that the power of the President in an emergency is “plenary.”
The powers of the President are prescribed by the Constitution, and further limited by the powers of the other co-equal branches – Congress and the federal courts – as well as those powers reserved for the states, and ultimately, the people.
More than 800 years of Anglo-American law dating back to the Magna Carta make clear that no American leader has “total” or “plenary” power. President Trump cannot reverse this history by proclaiming it at a press briefing. But he also cannot be allowed to undermine it through executive fiat, bad faith arguments of enabling legal advisors, the acquiescence of Congressional leaders or, above all, the silence of lawyers.
As attorneys we must stand together as guardians of our Constitution, the laws of our nation, and the principles of our government.
We stand together to say “NO” to the ridiculous attempts by the President to place a crown on his own head.”
THIS A STATEMENT FROM THE BOARD OF LDAD:
Eugene R. Fidell
Ruth Ellen Fitch
Carmen F. Francella
Fred M. Lowenfels
Stanley J. Marcuss
James F. McHugh
John T. Montgomery
Gershon M. (Gary) Ratner