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SCOTUS Deep Dive, Attorney General Edition: ‘Constitutional Crisis’? (PODCAST)

Dec. 10, 2018, 8:47 PM

President Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting Attorney General has prompted a “constitutional crisis,” says Tom Goldstein, the veteran U.S. Supreme Court lawyer and publisher of SCOTUSblog, who is challenging Whitaker’s appointment at the high court in an unusual motion.

Bloomberg Law reporters Kimberly Robinson and Jordan Rubin speak to Goldstein and Steve Vladeck, a constitutional scholar at the University of Texas who argues the temporary appointment was legal, even if unwise.

They discuss Goldstein’s motion, other pending challenges percolating in the courts, and the effect of Trump’s Dec. 7 nomination of William Barr to take over Whitaker’s job.

Goldstein maintains that, even if Barr is confirmed by the Senate, Whitaker’s appointment will still have had disastrous consequences, including for law enforcement and national security.

Listen to the podcast here.

Hosts: Kimberly Robinson and Jordan Rubin.

Producer: Nicholas Anzalotta-Kynoch.

To contact the reporters on this story: Jordan S. Rubin in Washington at jrubin@bloomberglaw.com; Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson in Washington at krobinson@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: John Crawley at jcrawley@bloomberglaw.com; Jessie Kokrda Kamens at jkamens@bloomberglaw.com

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