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"Saying the HEROES Act could not be applied CBS News legal contributor Jessica Levinson this is a big program you need specific authorization from Congress you can't try and shoehorn it into waiver or modification in the HEROES Act CBS's Christina Feeney says President Biden later today will make it clear he's not done fighting yet they could try to do another executive action in those arguments one of the justices mentioned this is something that really should come from Congress but with a divided House and Senate that seems unlikely so it's unclear what recourse is the White House will really have the Supreme Court also ruled today for a Christian website designer who did not want to create websites for gay couples today the court for the first time in its history grants a business open to the public a constitutional right to refuse to serve members of a protected class that's yes is major Garrett CBS News special report I'm Linda Kenyon on WTOP 1153 here's your Jill on money question of the day Matt Matt from California asks I know from listening to enough of your episodes that you're not a fan of life insurance policies as an investment vehicle can you discuss in greater detail the scenarios under which life insurance could make sense well Matt the use case for those who need permanent life insurance starts with people the who need life insurance for their entire lives these scenarios don't usually apply to the average person the main problem with these policies is that they are very pricey usually not very flexible and as a result really eat into your liquidity have a question go to chill on money dot you don't need special gadgets to be a hero with limited 1 .5 percent cash back on every purchase everywhere the Capital One Quicksilver card makes you the hero of every purchase what's in your wallet terms apply see capital 1 .com for details sports at 25
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"Ohio, the problem is concern about the safety of the air and the water. On a visit to east Palestinian EPA administrator Michael Regan vowed to hold rail operator Norfolk Southern accountable. Let me be clear EPA will exercise our oversight and our enforcement authority under the law. The railway says it's removing contaminants from the ground and streams, and offering more residents, financial aid. Correspondent roxana saberi, on our aerial shootdown watch. President says of the three objects he ordered shot down within the last week. Nothing right now suggests they were related to China's spy balloon program or that they were surveillance vehicles from other any other country. He says his administration is now working on protocols for how to handle similar objects going forward. As for the Chinese spy balloon, he ordered taken down earlier this month, mister Biden says he makes no apologies. I expect to be speaking with president Xi, and I hope we have a really get to the bottom of it. Steven portnoy, CBS News, The White House. Our mornings from there are health reporter on the president. Here's press secretary karine Jean Pierre. President has his physical this morning. It was very, very much the exam was straightforward. And as you all saw, he returned to The White House to get back to work. He is doctor says basically mister Biden is fine. In Atlanta, a very limited release of that report of a special grand jury. That's when investigating possible criminality after the 2020 election in Georgia. It did not include possible charging recommendations. The judge said, you know what? I'll release the introduction, the conclusion. And there's an indication that the special grand jury thinks that people who testified engaged in perjury. Legal analyst Jessica Levinson, in turkey
"jessica levinson" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"Paul. New details are coming to light with the release of a heavily redacted affidavit used to justify the FBI's search of Mar-a-Lago. Loyal a law professor Jessica Levinson tells Bloomberg much of the document is blacked out. The front half of the affidavit where we have more information about the statutes and we have more information about the negotiations between the national archives and the Department of Justice and former president Trump and his attorneys, that's all open, but then everything else leaning into really the maybe more juicy quote unquote parts about probable cause and why it existed. That is all blacked out and I would say for good reason. Loyola law professor Jessica Levinson spoke with David Westin on Bloomberg balance of power, the Justice Department found a 184 classified documents and 14 of 15 return boxes. Moderna is suing its biggest rivals in the COVID-19 vaccine market. The drug maker has filed patent infringement lawsuits against Pfizer and BioNTech in the U.S. and Germany, accusing the two of violating patents protecting key elements of Moderna's messenger RNA technology. Moderna is not asking the courts to pull the Pfizer BioNTech COVID vaccine from the market or to block future sales. The company is seeking damages for the period starting march 8th of this year. LastPass, a password manager used by more than 33 million people around the world says a hacker recently broke into its systems and stole source code and proprietary information. Global news 24 hours a day on air and on Bloomberg quicktake powered by more than 2700
"jessica levinson" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"Valley, joining us in our Bloomberg interactive brokers studio. This is what we were hoping to bring to our audience. So thank you, thank you, thank you. And thank you for being in studio. Again, double stars right now let's head down to Washington D.C. will get world in national news with Nancy lions. Thanks, Paul. New details are coming to light with the release of a heavily redacted affidavit that was used to justify the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago. Loyola law professor Jessica Levinson tells Bloomberg much of the document is blacked out. The front half of the affidavit where we have more information about the statutes and we have more information about the negotiations between the national archives and the Department of Justice and former president Trump and his attorneys, that's all open, but then everything else leaning into really the maybe more juicy quote unquote parts about probable cause and why it existed. That is all blacked out and I would say for good reason. Loyola law professor Jessica Levinson spoke with David Weston on Bloomberg's ballots at power. The Justice Department found a 184 classified documents in 14 of 15 return boxes. Moderna is suing Pfizer and BioNTech over alleged patent infringement, specifically the lawsuit involves the two companies making their COVID vaccine by using Moderna's technology. Pfizer and its German partner are accused of copying it after Moderna file patents for its mRNA technology between 2010 and 2016. President Biden's approval rating is heading higher now 44% in the latest Gallup poll that's up 6 points from July, and it's the highest it's been in a year. Well, the president today is marking one year since a terrorist attack killed 13 American troops in Afghanistan. It happened at the Kabul airport as the American withdrawal was ongoing. Global news 24 hours a day on air and on Bloomberg quicktake powered
"jessica levinson" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"With David Weston. Coming up on balance of power earlier today, the Justice Department released the redacted version of the affidavit supporting that FBI search of former president Trump's residence. What did we learn from it? We're going to ask law professor Jessica Levinson Loyola, but first, we get a market check from Doug prisoner. Hey, David, the equity market right now is very near the worst level of the day. This comes after fed chair Jay Powell suggested the fed is likely to keep raising interest rates and lead them elevated for some time as a way of fighting inflation. He also was very clear in pushing back against any notion that the fed would soon reverse course. He said also that an unusually large interest rate increase next month could be appropriate, although he did stop short of committing to one, down industrial average weaker by 2% right now, the S&P 500 down 2.3%, the NASDAQ composite is off 2.8%. Now in terms of the economic news, the fed's preferred measure of inflation, this is the PCE deflator. It was down in July by one tenth of 1% compared to the prior month. That is the first negative print we have seen since the beginning of the pandemic. U.S. consumer spending posted a sluggish increase in the month of July, and separately U.S. consumer sentiment rose more than expected in August as inflation expectations eased for the year ahead. In the bond market right now, big move up in short term interest rates a ten year treasury, I'm sorry a two year treasury at three 40, to gain here as four basis points on the longer end, the ten year higher by two basis points to 3.04%. I'm Doug prisoner that's your Bloomberg business flash
"jessica levinson" Discussed on KCRW
"But why would the state sue rather than the individual companies who would be affected? You know, I talked to my students. My last students, sometimes about being careful to not use words like blatantly or obviously or clearly because people are really going to be waiting for a very specific legal provisions at the end of that statement, and I didn't hear any in that particular statement, so Look, I think this is frankly where politics and law intersect. It doesn't mean that we won't see any challenges from the state. But obviously based on what we've been talking about. Is the federal government talking to private employers. And so who would be the most likely to sue? It would be private employers. And I think again What we're hearing from politicians from state politicians is Um, political rhetoric, but that doesn't sound like a legal filing to me. Okay? And and then I guess private companies they could say, Well, it's not us. It's the federal government. So sorry. And yeah, that's just the way it is right. I think that's exactly right. I mean, so there I think there are a number of private companies who are going to say, Look, I didn't want to do this, but you know, it's come down from the federal government. I have no choice here and sure we could try and fight it. But it will be so expensive to fight it and it can take a long time. So let's just implement it for now. And frankly, even if there is a judge Somewhere who puts this on hold and I believe in properly but it's not impossible that you find a judge that would put these back seen mandates on hold. The name of the game really is just buying enough time to get these workers vaccinated to try and bring us to some safety and you know, and Delta so even If these are put on hold later. That's frankly kind of a health and safety wind from my perspective. Yeah. So here in l. A group of LAPD officers is suing the city of Los Angeles are similar mandate. Um, so so same argument that they don't really have a case. I think same argument again. But the you know the turn by turn directions are different because it's not the federal government. It's not a private business Instead, it's uh, basically state government and government workers and I think, frankly, they'd have an even harder time. Um, for all of the reasons that we've been talking about that states do have this broad police power. And that doesn't mean the police coming to your door. It means health, safety, welfare and morals. That we have long upheld these vaccine mandates, particularly now people don't even have the argument of well, It's just emergency use authorization. These police officers are all over 16 years old. The FDA has given the vaccine full approval. It's going to be really hard for them to make this argument. All right. Well, Jessica, thank you. Thank you. Jessica Levinson, our regular legal eagle and a professor at Loyola Law School. All right. We're taking just a little bit of a pause from the show to remind you that we are in our fundraising mode. Right now. It's Kcrw's good, old fashioned pledge drive, and it's really, really simple. It goes like this. You give And we play on. We continue providing you with programming information that you need that helps you make sense of your world around you. Jessica Levinson, a key featured star of that universe of bringing you news you need to know so you can understand what's happening. With legal issues with your rights with all sorts of things that are going.
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"I meddle in brand and here's a little peek behind the press Play curtain on Supreme Court opinion Days, which are usually on Monday are legal Eagle. Jessica Levinson and our producer Bryan Park themselves in front of their computers at seven o'clock in the morning, furiously refreshing the court's website Scotusblog, Even Nina Totenberg, Twitter feed waiting for a big decision. Usually, though, it's mostly critics lately. We haven't seen a lot of really big rulings coming from the high court, but there will be this is the last month of the current session. The next one begins in October. And so for lightning round of what's left on the Supreme Court's docket. We're going to go to our legal eagle now loyal law school presser Jessica Levinson high and it is a Tuesday. I'm aware of that. And it is June, which means it is Supreme Court season. It is it's my big season. As you always say, it's my Super Bowl season. It is it is, And today you are a little disappointed. You texted Brian and said, Well, that's weird. Yes, there wasn't a That wasn't a FOIA request for that text. But yes, In fact, that is what happened. I was all geared up. I had my Google docks ready with my summaries of the cases and then we got to fairly minor cases. And as you said in the beginning, it's kind of been crickets. They look to be clearing. More minor cases. The cases that you know aren't the ones frankly that we're going to talk about. We're seeing a lot of unanimous rulings. Ah, lot of rulings from really recently argued cases where we thought, How are they doing this so quickly? And then we have some really big cases pending from the week after the presidential election where we're still waiting, So yes, well, that that that that was weird. Okay. Well, let's get to what we're expecting there. At least what? Four that we really want to look at. Number one being a referendum on Obamacare talk about that one. Yes. So this is, uh, Obama care kind of read acts. The affordable care act is back before the Supreme Court. There are basically two questions. One is the individual mandate itself constitutional and we can talk in more detail about that if you want..
"jessica levinson" Discussed on WTMJ 620
"The value of his assets to secure loans and tax benefits. The office has informed the company that investigation is now looking at more than civil violations, spokesman said. We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity. No comment from the company. Any charges would still be prosecuted by the Manhattan district attorney's office, which took possession of Trump's tax returns after a long legal fight. Aaron Carter Ski ABC NEWS, New YORK, CBS News legal analyst Jessica Levinson's of former federal prosecutor and current loyal university law school professor. This is big news. It's significantly increases the potential that Trump will face criminal exposure. In addition to the potential that former and current executives of the Trump Organization could be facing jail time, Levinson says the probe centers on whether or not the Trump organization lied about property values to get favorable loans and tax benefits raising and lowering those amounts as it worked best to their benefit. Criminal actions require proof of intent. So the evidence thus far likely indicates far more than just accounting irregularities. This could put a lot of pressure on Trump Organization CFO Ellen Wiesel Berg, the Trump Organization general, and even potentially former President Trump to provide information and cooperate in order to avoid jail time. CBS News Legal analyst Jessica Levinson It's 7 44 extra points with Brian D. Next sponsored by all Right home and remodeling and Holiday Automotive, a new roof costs of fortune all that noise for days. None.
"jessica levinson" Discussed on KCRW
"So the suit here is saying, Look, Fox news you had people on you knew what they were going to save both your employees, even if they were on the opinion side and the gas into again. We're not looking at title we're looking at was the statement itself a statement of fact, and that's what can give rise to a liability here. Although Fox News is a media company, so You know some people who might not agree with Fox news or with this whole argument that which is alive that the election was stolen are a little leery about this kind of lawsuit going forward on, you know, in terms of protecting the press and from First Amendment grounds. Oh, absolutely. I mean, we're seeing so many more defamation suits than we used to, and against the entity, Thies against the groups that as you say, we should be most worried about when it comes to a defamation suit. Look, we have a really strong first remember tradition in our country defamation by definition, punishes speech. Now on the other side, we're really at a breaking point in terms of determining where the protection for the First Amendment ends, particularly when it comes to disinformation, and it may be depending on what happens in this case. This is the new frontier for fighting disinformation that it's these court suits, and it's trying to push private companies like Twitter to shut down accounts that it's not legislation. It's not regulation. It's asking judges to say this falls within defamation, and so this really, I think is a big bellwether case. Interesting. OK, well, let's talk about the Supreme Court, partially striking down California's restrictions on indoor religious services, and the justices were split on this, but they let endorse services go forward with a 25% restriction. They're not allowed. People aren't allowed to sing or chant. And there was a lot of debate over over that within the conservative wing of the court. Tell us about that really quickly. Yes. Oh, really quickly there. Nine justices. There are five different opinions. And what you saw from the conservative side is either churches will give you everything you want. Meaning none of these three restrictions air Okay or churches? You know what You can have people inside. But you need to go through certain measures that capacity limits and the limit on singing and chanting. And that middle ground ultimately is what won the day really interesting to see, though on the spectrum of the conservative justices, where everybody came out really interesting to see Justice Amy Cockney Barrett's first written and signed opinion, where she does actually tread somewhat. In the conservative spectrum, a middles a middle of fresh right and she is a conservative Catholic, so one would have thought she would have cited more with the conservatives on this fully But she certainly left the door open to do so. So this was hardly a moderate opinion, I would say, But she did say, Look, you have to prove it, she said. I'm waiting for more evidence. If you treat churches in a more burdensome way than you treat secular institutions. This is not okay. So her quote unquote middle ground was just I want to see more before I make a decision. Jessica Levinson, law professor at Little, a law school in a regular legal eagle..
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"At I dr dot com slash NPR. 6 18 hero KCRW coming up in about 40 minutes. It is pressed play with Madeleine brand, and here she is with a preview Well, California has given out less than half of its vaccine supply. It's really near the bottom of the states. And we're going to talk in the show today about how we could possibly make the rollout better. Maybe use local fire houses, for example, which might make it easier for seniors to get their vaccines. Lots of talk to the legal Eagle. Jessica Levinson about President Trump's upcoming impeachment trial, and we'll have the Squire Brothers on to game the Super Bowl matchup. Super Bowl matchup between a young and an older quarterback. All right, that is press play coming up. It's seven o'clock right here on K C. R W coming up on all things considered. Israel agreed to provide fighter with a trove of medical data about its citizens and return for covert 19 vaccine supplies. But is it a deal that you would agree with, or maybe even go along with Some privacy experts in Israel are concerned you're gonna hear why coming up in about 10 minutes, it's greater l A and on the program, customers are mourning the passing of all kinds of businesses lately, gay or straight, but safe spaces for LGBT Q. Angelenos, they represent something special to an embattled community. Coming up on greater L. A house some of Ella's gay bars or drowning in debt. But fighting hard to keep the lights on at Chick Greater L. A in about 10 minutes, Right now, Look at your roads. Let's take a look at Irvine in the five south bound of Jamboree Road traffic slow through about Jeffrey Road. You're traveling through that area because stake five north and south bad between Lake Use Road Frasier Mountain Park Road as well. Two left lanes in both directions closed because of snow and CHP now providing an escort. If you need to get through that area and proclaim a five north of the 1 18 earlier Sig alert has been cleared. KCRW traffic brought to you by the Goetzman group. This is all things considered from NPR news. I'm Elsa Chang and I'm Ari Shapiro on NPR investigation has found that police killed 135 unarmed black men and women since 2015.
"jessica levinson" Discussed on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM
"Van is coming for most people from South Africa, Brazil and most of Europe, and Dr Anthony Fauci tells CBS this morning it clearly will be helpful. We we we have concern about the mutation that's in South Africa. We're looking at it very actively found, she says. But Donna is developing a booster shot aimed at the South Africa variant. It is clearly a different and more ominous than the one in the U. K. I think it's very prudent to restrict travel of non citizen and a CBS is Diane King Hall tells us another major drug maker is getting out of the vaccine pursuit. Mark says it is discontinuing development of its two vaccine candidates after early trials showed they failed to deliver an immune response comparable to natural infection or the vaccines currently rolling out later today, House Democrats will walk over to the U. S. Senate with the impeachment article against former President Trump. His trial is due to begin early neck. This month, the Supreme Court has effectively brought an end to the lawsuits of or whether Mr Trump profited from his presidency. Legal scholar Jessica Levinson says the order tosses out lower court rulings in this case. What the Supreme Court is essentially saying is that These constitutional provision that guard against presidential behavior they apply if you're the president and President Trump has not been the president for a number of days that Dominion voting systems is suing Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani for $1.3 billion. After he alleged without evidence that machines were manipulated. A male juvenile has been arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of five people in an Indianapolis home Police Sergeant Shane Folding from what we know it's very early stages of this investigation. This is not appear to be Random Act, a Boeing whistle blower who raised concerns about the 7 37 Max before the first of two crashes overseas has new concerns. Former senior manager had, Pearson says there are issues with electrical systems. But the Jets that are now back in service in the U. S and other places. I'm concerned that there are potential defects in these airplanes that stem back to when the airplanes were manufactured, and I believe that these defects could potentially cause future tragedies and a political video for Trump White House Press secretary Sarah Sanders says she's running for governor in Arkansas has been tested.
"jessica levinson" Discussed on WTOP
"Nation that's in South Africa. We're looking at it very actively found, she says. But Donna is developing a booster shot aimed at the South Africa variant. It is clearly a different and more ominous than the one in the U. K. And I think it's very prudent to restrict travel of non citizen and a CBS Has Diane King Hall tells us another major drug maker is getting out of the vaccine pursuit. Mark says it is discontinuing development of its two vaccine candidates after early trials showed they failed to deliver an immune response comparable to natural infection or the vaccines currently rolling out later today, House Democrats will walk over to the U. S. Senate with the impeachment article against former President Trump. His trial is due to begin early neck. This month. The Supreme Court has effectively brought an end to the lawsuits of or whether Mr Trump profited from his presidency. Legal scholar Jessica Levinson says the order tosses out lower court rulings in this case with the Supreme Court is essentially saying is that these constitutional provision That guard against presidential behavior they apply if you're the president and President Trump has not been the president for a number of days that Dominion voting systems is suing Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani for $1.3 billion. Audrey alleged without evidence that machines were manipulated. Ah male juvenile has been arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of five people in an Indianapolis home Police Sergeant Shane Folding from what we know it's very early stages of this investigation. This is not appear to be Random Act, a Boeing whistle blower who raised concerns about the 7 37 Max before the first of two crashes overseas has new concerns. Former senior manager had, Pearson says there are issues with electrical systems with the Jets that are now back in service in the U. S and other places. Some concern that there are potential defects in these airplanes that stand back to when the airplanes were manufactured. And I believe that these defects could potentially cause future tragedies and a political video. Former Trump White House Press secretary Sarah Sanders says she's running for governor in Arkansas has been tested under fire successfully.
"jessica levinson" Discussed on WSB-AM
"Trump is pardons for people who support him. Think about Brody Think about Bannon. People who directly supported the president, and this is essentially there. Thank you loyal the law school professor Jessica Levinson says Bannon was accused of defrauding donors and a build the wall campaign brought healed part guilty in a foreign lobbying case. What the president does not do. Who is pardon himself think that was a calculation that if he had done so there would have been repercussions by the Republicans in the Senate and also would appear like he was admitting to criminal Act loyalist Laurie Levenson says. Lil Wayne gets a pardon, but Joe Exotic does not bad news. First, you didn't win the lottery. Now. The good news another shot at an even bigger mega millions jackpot now that no one has won the top prize. Jackpot for Friday's drawing is $865 million. But if you don't want to wait that long, tonight's Powerball jackpot is up to $730 million quarter. Jennifer Keiper says the jackpots have been rolling over since mid September. Tonight's drawing is just before 11 on channel to the Falcons Welcome new head coach Arthur Smith to Atlanta. The son of the Fed ex founder Arthur Smith, could have done almost anything he chose football baby gave me a little bit of chip on my shoulder, and that's what I love about the game of football. There's result in the 38 year old tells me that was his pitch to Arthur Blank. Heard confident what we had done, but I thought it was a great fit. Smith gave Tennessee a great offense in two years but won't commit to a quick fix here. Consistent message is that working is a long, hard road and its day after day being consistent, he will call the plays and have an equal say with new GM. Terry thought. No on the roster. J. Black 95.5 ws face The Peachtree Road race this year could be spread over two days, July 3rd and fourth Atlanta track clubs. Rich Kina says the pandemic means a very different race course experience. There won't be 60,000 participants, so the club hasn't said a number. Yet Runners may have to submit proof of testing or the vaccine in order to take part in masks will be in their race packets. The registration window opens March 15th. WSB news time. 6 19 Next Traffic update includes double trouble tonight to 25 in less than two minutes, WSB meteorologist Kurt Mellish and his defendable five day forecast sponsored by Breda Pest management, They handle bugs and critters remaining dried today, then low pressure frontal system brings some scattered showers of times Thursday and Friday and again Sunday and Monday. Temperatures near normal the next five days for today, around the nine in the Polish meter. A mix of clouds and sunshine High 54 lower 39 Tomorrow Mostly cloudy 50% chance of a light shower. Time's the high of 54..
"jessica levinson" Discussed on WTOP
"The message We want to at this very spot where so many bad things happen two weeks ago. I think the world's going to see the Constitution and the democracy of our country work. The FBI says extremists linked to the conspiracy group Que a non have been talking online about posing as National Guard members for the inauguration. More than 20,000 troops are patrolling a tightly controlled security zone right now. Arrest still being made in the attack on the capital, among them, a 22 year old woman from Pennsylvania. CBS is Catherine Herridge, according to FBI records. A witness alleged the rally June Williams stole Speaker Pelosi's computer and intended to send it to a friend in Russia, who then plan to sell the device to Russian intelligence. The Senate takes up five of President elect Biden's Cabinet picks today, CBS is Cappie McCormick nominees to head the State Department, the Pentagon, Homeland Security and the intelligence community will all appear. Before lawmakers they're unlikely to be confirmed by Inauguration Day. But it could be just days for Lloyd Austin, the retired general to lead the Pentagon. That will also mean a waiver from Congress because he has only been out of uniformed four years. The last retired general to receive that waiver was James Mattis. President Trump is expected to spend some of his last day in office, pardoning dozens of people. Viola laws. Jessica Levinson, presidents who were both Democrats and Republicans do use the pardon power, too. Reward loyalists to reward friends to thank people who have been good to them. Among those expected to be on the list rapper Lil Wayne, but not the president himself. President elect Biden will participate in an event paying tribute to victims of the coronavirus. Today, Church Bells will ring across the nation and 400.
"jessica levinson" Discussed on KQED Radio
"But what people should understand is that when we recess as opposed to adjourn, we can come back at any point in time, so the speaker on soon to be majority leader can call us back. Majority leader. Schumer could call us back on a moment's notice. You know, we get 24 hour notice, and we can come right back. So if there was some way that my colleagues over in the Senate, two thirds of them might vote to impeach him, I just don't see any reason to think that's gonna happen when just less than 24 hours ago, they were arguing that the election was invalid. Do you feel personally? Physically safe going back? I feel safe now on I will tell you. Ironically, I told my family not to worry about me. I was going to be in the safe this building in the country Yesterday I'm going to be in the capital and it turned out I was in the most dangerous building in the country. But I think today things are under control. Security is is in place the barriers air up around. The capital, and it is just a real tragedy that needs to be investigated as to why this did not take place yesterday. What happened here? This is one of the most secure buildings in the country until it wasn't Karen Bass, Democratic congresswoman representing California's 33rd district, a member of the House Budget Committee. Thanks so much for talking with us Thank you, Laurie writes accountability for the horrific events of yesterday goes too many Trump. His congressional supporters has called like followers. The media who fueled the ego of a megalomaniac social media, who gave him a pulpit to voice lie upon lie and all those who shrugged off his actions that it's just who he is. The response to yesterday's should be swift and aggressive removal of him from office. Anything less sense. A horrifying message to the world of are gutless ineptness and inability to appropriately act against a tyrant who instigated a coup. Stewart writes, though it is certainly unlikely that two thirds of both houses of the legislature would vote for removal of Trump from office. It is also true that from the moment the Cabinet and vice president deliver their letter to Congress. The president district of his executive powers pending a final decision. This effectively would tie the president's hands through January. 20th Jessica Levinson, is that true? So sorry. I lost the audio for last 20 seconds. Could I have the last part of the question? Stewart writes that basically the moment a Cabinet VP deliver their letter to Congress. The president is stripped of his executive powers pending a final decision. This effectively would tie the president's hands through January. 20th. Not true. Not necessarily. It's a great question. So the answers and I'm sorry about the audio that there is an unprecedented time here when it comes to trying to invoke the 20. Fifth Amendment section for so what you would be looking at here is the president is indeed immediately stripped of his duties unless he says, no, I'm okay. And we suspect that he would. The wording of the 25th amendment is not 100% clear. But I think the best wording is that if within four days The vice president and members of the Cabinet say no, You're really not that it's the vice president who is, in fact in charge. But remember, we can. Still we're still not necessarily running out the 13 Day clock here. What we could have is a very quick vote by Congress. We just saw Congressman Bass say we're in recess. We haven't been adjourned. We could come back quickly. And so, arguably, you can't actually run out the clock on this administration just by invoking the 25th. If the House and the Senate one act quickly, it would certainly remove President Trump. I think from power for at least a few days, probably a week, probably half of his remaining term, but not necessarily all of it. And again. Jessica Levinson is a professor of law Boiler law school host of the podcast passing judgment. Marie's Lagos politics correspondent from KQED is with us. Aimee Allison, founder of She, the people unorganized Unorganized Asian, Elevating the political voice of women of color is also with us as well. Patricia Tweets. This needs to be dealt with or else traitorous and seditious actions will just be the norm in this country..
"jessica levinson" Discussed on KCRW
"Three or four years from now. So, but I don't think it is clear where the Republican Party is going on dive for Ben Sasse senator from Nebraska, and, of course, Mitt Romney talk about how they hope that the Republican Party return to something more recognizable. So at this point, I'm not sure where it's going. But I have a feeling where Ted Cruz and Josh Hollywood going. They have made a play for the Trump. Electorate, and they have decided to risk our democracy to do that. I don't know. I doubt in fact that they believe that there has been massive voter fraud. I suspect, however, they don't care. That they are filling people's minds with nonsense and inspiring them to commit acts of violence. They'll say they don't want people to commit acts of violence. But having seen what happened today, can they have any doubt? About the consequences of the disinformation campaign. I don't think that there's this occasion isn't Yeah, Jessica. I mean, I've asked you this before. But isn't this edition? I know this sounds like an old fashioned word but inspiring or calling for acts of violence against Government is the definition of sedition. Yeah, it is. I mean, if you are, it's an active, inciting revolt or violence against the lawful authority with the goal of destroying her overthrowing it. I'm not in fact, paraphrasing. I thought this might come up. So I looked at it and it's hard to see how we're not there, Which is a really scary thing to say. It's hard to see how this isn't an attempted coup data. If the these people really have stormed the capital if they had homemade bombs if their goal was to subvert, not just the counting of the electoral votes. But our democracy and our system of representative government then yes, we're at a crisis point. And it's a very strange point because it seems a lot of our representatives are still reading the speeches that they might have given this morning, so It will be really interesting to see whether or not any of the kind of nuclear options under the Constitution are invoked The impeachment option. The 25th amendment. Or if world just kind of bide our time for 13 or days. All right. We'll have to leave it there. Thank you. So much loyal law School Professor Jessica Levinson, Alexandra, minister and author of the book, Proud Boys and the White Ethno State. How the alright is warping the American imagination and presidential historian Tim.
"jessica levinson" Discussed on KFI AM 640
"Republican House members will knock will move to not certify the electoral College vote on Tuesday. So stay tuned. I've been talking to Jeff Jessica Levinson of Loyola Law School about this and the Supreme Court. Jessica, By the way, we've also discovered that we're going to name our mean girls with a heart. Little podcast. Saying We judge before we know I screwed it up. We judge because we care Right. Well, we'll get it right for the live person. Yeah, Absolutely. Yeah, we just because we care back to the Supreme Court, though. Uh, well, actually, first the president Can he pardoned himself? And what partners do you expect? Came he part of himself? You know, I was sitting with a student a couple of months ago, and we were trying to think about larvae. You article ideas that might be hot right around this time, and I said one is self pardon. The answer is, we don't know because nobody has ever tried. So what do we have? On one side? We have constitutional text that doesn't prohibit it on the face of the Constitution. It doesn't Say, except in cases of self pardon, and the founders knew how to create exceptions. For instance, it says, no pardons in the case of impeachment, so on the one hand, look at the plain language. Maybe it's allowed. On the other hand. What do you look at the principle that nobody should be their own judge the idea that no person is above the law? The idea that it frankly doesn't make sense in the In the idea that a part in envisions somebody giving a pardon and a different person receiving the pardon the way I bet it's gonna happen, because if there's nothing saying you can't do it He's going to do it because he's that kind of guy. I mean, he has broken every mold ever, and I bet he's gonna do it. Okay, Here's what I think He's not going to do it that part and will only cover federal crimes. It won't cover any state crimes. You need a governor to you provide clemency or pardon you for state crimes and the state. New York is where he's facing more criminal exposure. The other thing is, I think he could do something else, which is, he could say either the day before the inauguration. Yeah. You know what? I'm out, Vice President Pence. You're now the president and Pence could then part in trust. Or he could say, you know, I really need that colonoscopy. I think I'm gonna be under for about 45 minutes, Vice President Pence. Whatever you think you should do with that 45 minutes. It's entirely up to you because there is precedent for that with Gerald Ford. Although Nixon I was no longer president when Gerald Ford pardoned him, That's fascinating to me. But at least there's some precedent for that. I wanted to ask you before we go. There's three trump justice is now on the Supreme Court. Have any of them surprised you and I say Brett Kavanaugh in particular because I feel like he has been, um, more thoughtful than people on the left would have given him credit for, um I don't know. So I think with respect to justice bear it, It's a little soon. She's had you no 1.5 decisions that she's made so far, and the big one that people talk about deals with covert restrictions and a church basically saying these are too restrictive and she said, Yeah, I think that's right. It's not actually Justice Cavanaugh that I would point to. There have been some situations last term where Justice Neil Gorsuch sided with liberals. Now he He made those decisions, saying I'm using a conservative ideology. I'm just looking at the text of the statute. But in one case, the result was that, um there's LGBT Q protection under federal law that you can't be fired based on your LGBT Q status. So that surprise some Liberals don't know There's that surprising because he said, Yeah, but I'm taking a conservative look on that. So there's a lot of words kind of, say nobody's been a huge surprise. Yet there's a lot of cases to come. This is a young crop of justice. Is there gonna be on the bench for decades, as are all of the other justices that President Trump nominated? This is a huge change for the federal court, and I think by far his most lasting legacy will be his impact on the judiciary far more than anything else he's done. And it will be the judges and the justices. I think It could not agree more. He could have left two years in and I think that that would have been his biggest legacy because he really has completely remade the federal judiciary. And I think that's part of the reason you saw the leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell say. All right. I'm not gonna you know, I'm going to turn a blind eye or I'm gonna look the other way because they really in a record breaking way, completely remade the judiciary, and everybody knows you can pass all the legislation you want, but if it's challenged in the judiciary strikes it down, then it really doesn't matter what the lawmakers said so. That will be absolutely for decades and decades for our lifetime. We will feel the impact of that. Jessica Levinson Happy New Year. Happy calendar change. How's that for a curmudgeonly response? Right? And we're going to call it we judge because we care. Look for it on I heart in 2021. Exactly. All right. Thank you very much. All right, folks familiar? When we come back, We're going to talk to a licensed Marriage and family therapist who's on our staff. He just does this for fun and to keep his sanity. It's been a rough year on many relationships, and we will discuss that we come back. 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Trump pardons 15, including people convicted in Mueller probe
"Much, sir. Good morning, President Donald Trump issued a slew of pardons yesterday, including for two people convicted as part of former special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe and for two former Republican congressman convicted Of a range of financial crimes. Trump pardon former campaign aide George Papadopoulos, who was convicted of lying to the FBI, Trump also pardoned former representatives Duncan Hunter and Chris Collins of New York. Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson says This is a breathtaking list. The pardons that President Trump issued here really have nothing to do with the national interest or with trying to fulfill justice. They have to do with President Trump's personal proposals and personal game. Trump also pardoned four men who worked as security guards for Blackwater and had been convicted in relation to the
The health status of those in Trump's orbit
"Has the number of White House staff members and GOP officials infected with the Corona virus grows. President Trump has tried to show strength in videos released during his stay at Walter Reed. But his medical treatment including a steroid typically reserved for more severe cases of Cove in 19 is raising questions about his health status and ability to govern also trumps SUV ride to way to supporters gathered outside the hospital is drawing criticism for risking the health. Of his security detail and potentially hospital staff. We look at the implications of all of this with Dr Ezekiel Emanuel, former Obama White House health policy advisor. And vice provost of global initiatives of the University of Pennsylvania. Thanks so much for joining us, Dr Ezekiel Emanuel Thank you for having me a pleasure also with us. Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School. Thanks so much for joining us as well discuss Levinson. Thanks for having me back. So, Dr Emanuel, I'll start with you. And I guess I'll just start with this SUV ride to supporters outside the hospital. I mean, you've called this decision shameful. Can you tell me why concerned you so much? A horse of all There was no need for it. No urgent need. Second of all, the president has got cove it and he should be recuperating. He is the leader of the Free world. On DH. Ah, he's sick, right? How do we know we think? Well, he's gotten the Regeneron Antibody cocktail. He's on run desert here is an ex amethyst so he should not be going out on the last thing is on may be. The most irresponsible thing he did is He is putting other people at rest the people who walked him down in the hospital, the secret Service in the car, just not a responsible thing to do. And it's sort of echoes to me the irresponsible behavior he demonstrated when he went to see off his potential donors in New Jersey knowing full well he had symptoms that were consistent. With a cove it and he probably knew he was covert infected on Thursday. What do you make of the fact then, since this is what his White House spokesman said that this ride was cleared by the medical team as safe to do. Wei have questions about that medical team and their judgment. They have not been forthcoming with the American public. That's putting it mildly. They've lied and evaded questions that are necessary for the public to make a decision about the president. On DH. Ah, many of us have some question about the wisdom of the therapeutic interventions that they're doing layering on decks, amethyst sewn onto the other medications that he's taking. So you know, I'm not. I don't have overwhelming confidence in their judgment. And even if the patient wanted to do it, you're the doctor. You're the expert in health care. You're also the supposed to be the expert in the spread of the disease and putting other people at risk. And none of it seems wise. Yes, I definitely want to talk more about the medications he's on. But first Jessica Levinson, I mean, Dr Emanuel is talking about the You know the reason that the public does need to know what his condition is. Can you talk more about that, in terms of what the public does have a right to know and why it's so important because you've mentioned national security concerns. Absolutely. And what a pleasure to be on with Dr Manual. And I will say that you if President Trump was Mr Trump than his medical history is really in his medical prognosis. It's really his own business. But he is somebody who's put himself in a position of enormous public trust. If the president has the sniffles, it's potentially A global issue and add to that the idea that the president has a potentially deadly disease in the middle of a pandemic dealing with that disease going right into an election. We're not before an election. We are in the election. Two million people have cast early votes were voting early in California. As of now, we're dealing with other serious National issues like wildfires and the idea that we would not have a full and fair accounting of the president's health. It's not just that it lacks transparency for the American public. It means that again. It's part of a consistent narrative that we don't know what to trust. We can't evaluate what's happening and again. This is not a private citizen. This is somebody who has enormous power over our lives. Enormous power on a not just the national but an international stage and It's deeply irresponsible that we would be kept in the dark about what is going on The fact that he would have doctors out there is aiding questions that they would say later. Oh, we just wanted to keep it. Upbeat tone instead of a truthful tone is something that the American public frankly should not have to stand for.
Supreme Court blocks curbside voting in Alabama during pandemic
"Blocked a lower court ruling allowing curbside voting in Alabama due to the Corona virus pandemic for the July 14th primary election run offs, which determined the Republican candidate for the Senate. The winner there will then face Democratic Senator Doug Jones in November's general election. The high court also loosened absentee ballot requirements in three of the state's largest counties. Former federal prosecutor Jessica Levinson says that the ruling will make it more difficulty for voters to get to the polls, especially during the pandemic meal is by far the safest way that people can vote and for that to be made harder for them. Really is a tragedy. The way that you can pull the levers of power in elections and try and get to your desired outcome is to do things like this to make it harder for people to vote. 8 53 here. The Senate yesterday passed by unanimous consent
Wisconsin governor suspends in-person voting for primary
"Brand well because of current virus Wisconsin governor Tony Evers has suspended in person voting in tomorrow's presidential primary he's a Democrat and his order comes after nearly a week of back and forth with Republicans in the state legislature there they rejected a request from the governor to postpone the primary like other states have meanwhile the Supreme Court is weighing a lower court judge's order to extend Wisconsin's deadline to submit absentee ballots Jessica Levinson is here to talk about all this with us she's a law professor at Loyola law school in a regular legal legal hello hello well let's begin with even order it postpones in person voting and he did that unilaterally does he have the authority to do that I'm gonna give you everybody's least favorite law professor answer we're not sure and I actually think we're gonna be saying that a lot over the next few months I mean there's going to be a big issue of trying to secure elections and protect elections in the time of a global pandemic and so does the governor have the power to unilaterally change the election date spent a lot of I've been back in Wisconsin about that I hate to say it but we'll know when a judge rules on whether or not that's permissible right and Republicans have resisted that why have they resisted postponing in person voting right so there's no question that legally speaking if the Republican controlled legislature had decided that yes we will postpone the date of the election that that would have been permissible that they as a state as the representatives of the state could have done that what they've said is that we can't postpone for a couple reasons one they said it's not just the presidential primary that's on the ballot it's also a lot of state and local races and we don't want those to stand vacant now Inc in the governor's executive order he said they don't have to stand vacant I'm just going to extend the terms of the state and local officials what the Republicans have also said is that they don't want this huge change an influx of vote by mail because they're worried about issues of fraud and essentially that the election would lack integrity I think all of us frankly the studies on that indicate that those aren't real fears that we don't have to worry about voter fraud date what's much a much bigger worry is making sure that everybody who wants to vote actually camp out right and so along those lines there's also this dispute over absentee ballots a federal judge extended the deadline in Wisconsin and that was upheld by the federal by a federal appeals court but now the Republicans have appealed to the US Supreme Court what's going on there with the absentee ballot dispute yeah what's going on there is there's two parallel tracks one there's a legal track that we were just talking about which is this argument by Republican lawmakers that it really infringes on the integrity of the election to do things like increase vote by mail or route increase the amount of time that you would have to return your ballot and that's kind of the legal argument that's going up and back the second track is really a political one where for Democrats it's better if there's more time if more people show up for Republicans it's really a big game if we don't count those vote by mail if we don't extend the time there's a really big judicial action in the Wisconsin Supreme Court Republicans have I believe the reporting is openly said you know it might have been actually better to have the selection when it's a lower turnout so we're sure we can keep that particular seat this is really a preview of I think a lot of what we might see in the fall these parallel tract arguments on the one hand legal on the other hand political okay let's turn to another story in the news right now in the midst of this huge pandemic at least six conservative states of trying to restrict access to abortion a federal District Court judges blocks nearly all of those orders but not in Texas the fifth circuit court of appeals left aligned Texas go into a fact on a temporary basis so I know a lot of states are saying no to elective medical procedures right now but there seems to be at a time difference here rate when it comes to having an abortion is not considered an elective procedure but not by the American college of obstetricians and gynecologists in so it's gonna feel like deja vu all over again from about forty five seconds ago but what we're seeing in this case is also two different arguments one is the legal argument of whether or not you can basically prohibit and or postpone these abortions the other is really the political argument a lot of Republican controlled states trying to restrict access to an abortion so you know to your question is this really an elective procedure no it really my understanding is medically is not considered an elective procedure and of course there is a much different timeline when it comes to an abortion at a certain point out you've waited so long that it might be for instance illegal under the state's loss to happen abortion in so this brings up again this kind of Wu Ming fight at the Supreme Court at some point we'll have to take up about the contours of abortion rights what grounds on what grounds did the court of appeals let the Texas law go into effect yes so what the Texas court said and as you said this was really an out liar decision every other federal court that's taken the sap has said no you can't implement these types of prohibitions or restrictions Texas court said as the state has the power to do that looking at the states broad police powers to do things like limit the number of elective procedures you have to do other things like we talk about all the time like closing restaurants cook closing schools that it would fall within that power so I think the conservative fifth circuit really kind of went out on a limb and frankly I don't think the ruling is consistent with the current standard they Casey versus Planned Parenthood distinct standard so do you think the Supreme Court will take this one up when it convenes at when and if it reconvenes physically and or virtually it you know it depends on how long this particular prohibition is in place but I think it's gonna be really hard for the court to avoid this they may try and issue some very short opinion which basically says this isn't consistent with our current standard and then wait for a bigger case to come before them to really make the decision about whether or not states can essentially say there's an emergency exception to the current standard that there's an emergency
Eye Opener: Trump pardons disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich
"Former Illinois governor rod Blagojevich is waking up at home a day after president trump commuted is fourteen year prison sentence for trying to sell Barack Obama's former Senate seat I can't Mr trump pardon the former junk bond king an X. and Y. P. D. commissioner friend of Rudy Giuliani's and the former owner of the forty Niners Loyola University law professor Jessica Levinson I think this bodes very well for people like man afford stone in full and I think they're looking at the present he's using his partner thorny very broadly he has extremely broad discretion to use that authority he's absolutely exercising it
Barr faces "crisis of confidence" inside Department of Justice
"Today a group of federal judges held an emergency meeting to discuss Attorney General bill bars actions in a couple of high profile political cases cases involving Roger stone and Michael Flynn and on Sunday some twelve two thousand former federal prosecutors and DOJ officials released an open letter demanding that bar step down they admit that that's unlikely and so they're urging their colleagues in the justice department to report any suspected wrongdoing to the inspector general Jessica Levinson's here to talk about this crisis of confidence in the justice department she's a law professor at Loyola law school and a regular legal legal welcome hello well even though bill Barr complained about trump's tweeting he still added just today he tweeted that Roger stone deserves a new trial and that he might sue the people who prosecuted him how can he sue federal prosecutors this is such a weird law school hypothetical I mean I saw that and I thought wow this brings up so many issues let's start at the beginning which is this is not something we typically talk about this is I know this is an over used word but this really is unprecedented to think of a part of the federal government suing another part of the in federal government I think the short answer is this is unlikely to happen it's just a threat I think the longer answer is you have to look at how the federal government is structured how there's different divisions of the government and there's some independence between them but it would be really just in terms of constitutional design statutory framework and lack of any cause of action would be really challenging for the president to do sue these prosecutors I think this thread is more about the threat than an actual legal case right and so why would he keep tweeting about this after bar himself said stop doing this this is interfering with his ability to run the department well one I think the president has shown himself over the years to be an avid tweeter and stopping really for no one and no advice so I'm don't think that the fact that the Attorney General said this is making my job harder really moves the president into silence the other thing I would say about that and public disclosure by Attorney General Barr saying you know these tweets make it harder for me and kind of company putting its thumb on the scale and saying I wish the present when do that in a way it gives him some cover and he can say look I'm a crow I'm still a credible person I'm still who you thought I was going to be before I took this job and see I've openly criticize the president so I think actually that public criticism might give him a little more room to frankly do what he was already doing which is make decisions that are favorable for the present United States well let's talk a little bit more about the stone case he's asking for a re trial and someone who identified herself as the jury forewoman of said she can't stay silent anymore she said this on Facebook and she expressed support for the prosecutors who resigned on math last week after bill bar over turned their sentencing recommendation I her name is to make a hard on she was a one time congressional kept the candidate democratic congressional candidate and Tennessee so is this case complicated by her admission and her democratic party affiliation only politically speaking so if you think about members of the jury chances are really high almost everybody is going to have a political affiliation I mean the assumption behind the criticism of her is it your political affiliation is the most important thing you have when it comes to you viewing a legal case particularly political charge legal case so I do think it's important for us to take issue with that it's not always the case that Republicans will vote a certain way or Democrats with another way more to the point this is something that would have been revealed on a jury questionnaire a lot of your listeners are probably gone through jury service they go through a process of why dear they have to reveal where they work who they live with a lot of information there asked if they can do an impartial job if they can apply the facts to the law the fact that she saying I'm frustrated after the jury has already rendered its verdict I don't think undermines its verdict it certainly gives everyone have a political headache but she's not saying I wasn't able to impartially do justice I wasn't able to apply the facts of this case the law right so the judge says the sentencing will go ahead as planned on Thursday given everything that's happened what are you going to be looking for in the sentencing well I think I'm looking for what everybody else is looking for which is which range of that sentence will she be giving down so federal judges have enormous discretion she can decide to high fiber understand if she wants to she is not going to do that she can decide to give him a very heavy sentence I think the question will be will she do something within the original request by the federal prosecutors which was I believe seven to nine years or will she do something closer to what I was the second request by the federal prosecutor something much more lenient I think judge Jackson has that shown as much impartiality she possibly can and my guess is she's going to do something that is out well within the suggested guidelines okay so there's this group of federal judges holding an emergency meeting on this and fertile has that ever happened before not that I'm aware of federal judges tend to not like to do this type of thing they're small see conservative and I know we use this word before but it really is unprecedented to have a group of federal judges say there's something so important there something we're so worried about the we can't wait to our next conference because they do have regular conference but we don't know exactly what they discussed or what they talked about what could they possibly do besides wring their hands well I I think that's getting they'll wring their hands the wash their hands they'll they'll do some jazz hands no federal judges would never do that so you know I think frankly the act of calling the meeting itself is perhaps even more significant than whatever would come out of the meeting the fact that this is a association voluntary association of judges who are dedicated to the independence of independence of the judiciary to public and educational outreach explaining to people what judges do the fact that they're so alarmed in and of itself is useful what could they do they can do more educational outreach they don't want to get too involved in any of the politics of this for the reason that they're all lifetime appointees this is a group of all article three judges and the whole purpose behind lifetime appointment is that they stay out of politics so I would look to them to do something that looks like it's about education about out reach about explaining what they do and why it's important that they're independent alright and then you've got these former justice department officials many of them former prosecutors who served in both Republican and democratic administrations signing this letter calling on bar to resign and then they had met in the letter that is how not gonna do that but what kind of pressure could this letter put on bar well my guess is frankly not that much because I don't think that he's someone who susceptible to this type of pressure if we sorry what Attorney General Barr has done you beginning with the Muller report where he came out very quickly with his own summary summary that was in fact question by Robert Muller himself where we've seen what he's done and sad about the Michael Flynn case to Roger stone case I don't think he's someone who feels particularly awkward about this it is important that all these former federal prosecutors career attorneys who have dedicated themselves to public service have decided to come out on the record and say they're something that troubles us about the independence of the department of justice about the actions the Attorney General still is important to go on record about these
What Happens When A President Is Impeached?
"My name is evey. Im seven years. Old I live in Downers Grove Illinois. I my question is what happens when presidents get impeached. Have you been hearing about impeachment. It's been in the news because the US President Donald Trump trump has been impeached. And there's been a lot of news and conversation about whether he did something so bad that he should no longer be the US president as we're putting this this podcast episode out the trial to decide that is still going on. We thought you might appreciate having a little bit. More of an understanding of what impeachment actually is is how it works and when it has happened before in. US history so we called up. Jessica Levinson to help us with this. She's a professor or a teacher. Sure of law at Loyola Law School in California so she teaches people how to become lawyers. She also focuses on politics and government in her work so she looks at the rules around elections and she looks at government ethics. How people should behave in government so she really knows what's going on when it comes to impeachment? Here's Eve these question again. What happens when presidents get impeached? So impeachment is basically a way of removing one of our leaders in government. We have a couple of ways to remove people from their jobs so they don't get to keep doing what they already do and one of them is through elections and we can choose to vote somebody out of their current position. We can choose to say you. Don't get to keep your job. Somebody else's going to do your job now and we could also also decide to use a process called impeachment which means that people will basically decide. You did something. That is really bad in really problematic attic and that it's so bad that we might have to remove you from your job Before the next vote before the next election and so so. That's that's basically. What impeachment is a way so that people don't get to keep doing their job because they did something pretty? Bad impeachment is a process that was written into into our Constitution. The constitution is the document that was created to lay out the fundamental rules of what the United States was going to be. Here's our other guests to help explain lane the history. I am candidacy Davis. The author of don't know much about history. Impeachment is simply a term that was adopted by the men who drafted and wrote the United States constitution in seventeen eighty seven and the word comes from an old English term for how to remove an official if he somehow did something that was wrong. Corrupt criminal unethical ethical or some other form of needing to be removed. And so this was an idea that was important to the founders of with the country because they were getting a great deal of power to one man in particular the president does they finally decided on it as well as other federal officials and is important to remember. That impeachment isn't only for president. It's also for other high-ranking federal officials officials who might have to be removed from office including federal judges because our presidential elections only happen every four years the men who wrote the US Constitution thought there needed to be away to remove the president in between elections. If he had done something so wrong that he shouldn't be president anymore even before for an election happened. And I'm saying he here instead of he and she or her because back in the seventeen hundreds the founders couldn't imagine that a president or a judge judge or a person in that kind of power would be a woman one of the most important things about a democracy where the people choose their leaders is just that that the people choose so it needs to be a really big deal for a president to be removed from office by other elected officials instead of by the voters in an the election so the writers of the Constitution created rules around win and how a president can be impeached. The House of Representatives can bring bring charges against the president when they think he has done something wrong if a majority more than half of the members of the house votes to bring those charges to trial then a president has been impeached. That has happened three times so far in. US history and that's what happened to the current president. Donald Trump Andrew through Johnson in eighteen sixty eight was the first president to be impeached. The second one was Bill Clinton in nineteen ninety eight so it was more than a hundred thirty years between the first two impeachments Bill Clinton Andrew. Johnson were not removed from office now. There was one other career impeachment in that time. Richard M Nixon who was the president elected in nineteen sixty eight resigned from the office in Nineteen eighteen seventy four because he was going to be impeached and it was quite certain that he was going to be removed from office because of what he had done. In what we now know as Watergate so impeachment is pretty rare but it also might be a little confusing because being impeached. Doesn't doesn't mean that you're no longer. The president. Being impeached is kind of like being accused of doing something wrong. Here's how Jessica Levinson describes it just because because that first group of people the House of Representatives decides to impeach you nothing actually happens to president it might be that it's really embarrassing Maybe the people who don't like what happened. Use this against you. Think about something that happens at school where somebody does something. Like take a marker that wasn't theirs if the teacher tells the whole class look at this person they took the marker that's really bad that's kind of like impeachment if nothing thing happens other than the teacher just saying that's really bad but it's really what happens next which is called a trial in the Senate where you might be able to lose your job. The trial in the Senate is kind of like if the teacher says. That's so bad that you don't get to use markers for the rest of the day and so there's this consequences to that so it's up to the Senate to hold a trial and if enough of them. Two thirds agree that the president should be removed only then then what a president have to step down and that has so far never happened in. US history
U.S. Supreme Court takes up presidential Electoral College dispute
"Ahead of the presidential election the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a dispute involving the electoral college system Jessica Levinson is a professor at Loyola law school she says it's very hard to say especially this point which way the court will be going my gas is that this will be a close call particularly when you see circuits are divided when you see divided decisions I think that we could see a five to four decision I'm just not sure which way it goes I think John Roberts will be very aware of the political implications to be more specific the court will be taking of appeals in two cases from Washington state and Colorado involving electors who decided to vote for someone other than Hillary Clinton is a twenty sixteen elections even though she won the popular vote in those states are so called faithless
Supreme Court to hear 3 cases involving Trump's finances
"Other Supreme Court action and the court has agreed to take up a major case about president trump's tax returns at issue whether the president can block Congress and state prosecutors from getting those financial records sets up what's likely to be a landmark ruling on the powers of the presidency and a test of the courts independence it's Monday so that means one thing I believe illegal is in the house Jessica Levinson law professor at Loyola law school hi that's the only thing Monday me means to me the best thing about Monday okay SO three subpoenas at the heart of this case to from Congress one from the Manhattan DA what are they about so they're all about somewhat similar but different things essentially they're asking for information regarding for instance the hush money payments that were made to stormy Daniels and to Karen McDougal to not talk about the fact that they allegedly had affairs with president trump they're also asking for information regarding whether or not there is any money laundering related to Russian interference with the presidential elections so there is again this one request by Cyrus Vance the New York district attorney essentially he's trying to access cute a subpoena that came from a grand jury saying we want this financial information from you and then there's two cases dealing with congressional committees who are saying we want various types of financial information from you president trump because we're looking at things like whether or not you might have committed banking or tax fraud whether or not we need new ethics rules in place and so we need that information to make those determinations so these are all separate cases but they're all rolled up into one decision possibly possibly so I actually think that there's a decent chance that the court will take these kind of piece by piece and that we might see a patchwork decision in part because it's going to be a hard to get consensus I think come these cases in part because they actually do raise somewhat different questions to the New York case obviously deals with state criminal proceedings that's a little bit different from congressional oversight which brings up separation of powers issue how interesting okay so in the New York case they're seeking I think Cyrus Vance's seeking eight years of business and personal tax records so a lot of information is the trump administration arguing while you can get this information now because he's the president they are they're making this really broad argument that the sitting president United States is always constitutionally immune from not just being let's say indicted by federal prosecutors are state prosecutors but investigated and so the judge in this in these oral arguments said to president trump's representative essentially do you mean that if the president shoot someone in the middle of New York we can't investigate and he said right there constitutionally immune and that really did drop breaths in oral argument and this is one of these cases where you have to think not do you want president trump to be able to claim this constitutional immunity but do you want every other president to say not that you can't indict me but you can't even look in to me and I think that this is a case where we might see actually more consensus by the Supreme Court we could see something closer to you in eight one decision let's say where is for the congressional cases that this over arching case brings up I think you could see more division and it's worth noting that the lower courts have sided with Vance in this case and with Congress so for all of the three separate decisions the lower court the federal district judges and then the court of appeals have all cited with either the prosecutors or Congress so president trump has lost repeatedly in everyone of these cases but we've seen this happen before we sought for instance with respect to the travel ban we're seeing we thought a little bit with respect to the census that was a difficult decision by the Supreme Court but where there's universal losses on the lower court level and then something different happens on sprint car so what what about the other two with the house oversight and house financial services and intelligence committees there so they're the ones who are asking for these other records to possibly look into possible money laundering what is the argument there so from the trump administration so the argument from the trump administration is essentially you don't have a legitimate legislative purpose for asking for this for your dishing expedition right you're just on a partisan which are so if there's pending legislation and you want to try and get information for that legislation then okay but if you're just casting about trying to essentially throw this versions of bomb the sitting president then that's not okay now it's important to actually remember when we talk about congressional oversight one it's not actually something that's in the constitution we just understand that it's a constitutional power but also Congress has actually brought authorities so they don't have to just say there is legislation pending Congress also for instance has the power of the purse so if they're being asked to appropriate money they can look into whether or not that's a good decision to appropriate that money so arguably the president saying you don't have a good legislative purpose is maybe even a bit too narrow an argument of course this is all coming down against the backdrop of impeachment and so how is that figuring into the supreme court's I don't know not necessarily decision with the decision isn't expected till June but its calculation when I hear these arguments well so those are two totally separate tracks and I tied it to talk to my students about this in the sense that what's happening in the courts is in fact different from what's happening in the house or what's happening in the Senate chambers now of course it's not totally separate in the sense that impeachment is can grass it's the ultimate congressional oversight so impeachment is Congress looking at the present United States but for impeachment we know Congress has a good reason they don't need a legitimate legislative purpose for impeachment it's in the constitution it says Congress has the sole power to impeach the president in so it yes it's all overlapping because it deals with you essentially president trump and whether or not he engaging problematic behavior but it's separate because impeachment is very narrowly just on this issue of what happened with respect to president trump and presents Lewinski of the
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