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Podcast EXTRA: Is the firing of James Comey a constitutional crisis?

May 11, 2017 by NCC Staff


Editor's Note: In The Atlantic, Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen explores the debate over what is considered a constitutional crisis.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, apparently at the recommendation of the Justice Department.

In an open letter to Director Comey, the President said the director was “not able to effectively lead the Bureau” and that “new leadership” is needed to “restore public trust and confidence” in the agency.

There are still many questions about the situation, but in this special bonus episode, we’ll focus on one: Are we now in a constitutional crisis?

Josh Blackman is an associate professor of law at the South Texas College of Law in Houston.

David Cole is the national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Show Notes

This show was engineered by Jason Gregory and produced by Nicandro Iannacci. Research was provided by Lana Ulrich and Tom Donnelly. The host of We the People is Jeffrey Rosen.

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