Professor Sujit Choudhry Addresses Presidential Overreach

Scholar Sujit Choudhry has been researching constitutional issues for many years ( His specialty is comparative constitutional law. He has used his deep knowledge about this as well as his experience to help nations manage to go from violence to having a peaceful democratic nation. Among the thorny issues he has tackled over the years is helping ethnically divided societies come up solutions to manage this that everyone can live with, decentralization and secession, transitional justice, official language policy, designing bills of rights, semi-presidentialism, and more. He is known around the world for his legal mind as well as his practical political side.

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Professor Sujit Choudhry has talked about about is presidential term limits, both in the United States and elsewhere around the world. Many nations, like the US, constitutionally limit their presidents to serving two terms maximum. Some autocrats try to get around this by declaring some type of state of emergency that requires them to do things such as dissolve the legislative branch of government, suspend elections, or otherwise try to hold onto power past the time they were supposed to make their exit.

As a constitutional scholar, Sujit Choudhry has written about Donald Trump and the threat he poses to the American system of government. He has made threats to fire the White House Special Council Robert Mueller, among one of many issues over the past year. In his latest book, Sujit Choudhry wrote about how Eric Holder, the former US Attorney General, called any such firing an “absolute red line” which should be opposed by all Americans who revere what this nation stands for (

Sujit Choudhry agrees with Eric Holder that the American people are the ultimate determining party when politicians cross the line of acceptable behavior and/or constitutional authority. He agrees with Holder that if Trump were to fire Mueller there should be a national discussion and people holding peaceful protests against Trump making any such move. He wrote that the rule of law must be respected and that nobody, not even the President of the United States, is above the law.

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