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The Dangers of an Imperial Presidency

Throughout the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry, President Donald Trump has been pushing Attorney General William Barr to make a public statement on the president’s behalf. He wants Barr to state publicly that even if the president did what congressional Democrats claim — conditioning the release of $391 million in vital military and financial aid to Ukraine upon the announcement of a Ukrainian government investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden — such behavior did not constitute impeachable offenses.

The attorney general, to his credit, has declined to comply with the president’s wishes. But he did stir the pot earlier this week with a partisan speech on the nature of the modern American presidency. That speech — by its assertion that liberals have neutered the presidency or shackled it in chains — must have been written in an alternate reality.

It is unseemly for the chief law enforcement officer in the land to make partisan attacks against ideological groups. This gives

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Andrew Napolitano
Judge Andrew P. Napolitano is the author of seven books on the U.S. Constitution, two of which have been New York Times best sellers. Judge Napolitano has been Fox News’ Senior Judicial Analyst since 1998 and he is nationally known for watching and reporting on the government as it takes liberty and property.