Sujit Choudhry, Expert on Constitutional Law, Shares his Thoughts on an Eric Holder Tweet

Sujit Choudhry is respected all around the world for his expertise in constitutional law. Sujit Choudhry has shared his knowledge with countries all over the world in order to establish a law of the land; Choudhry brings democratic law to developing countries. He also frequently shares his thoughts in writing, focusing on Canadian constitutional law.

His most recent publication took a shift in different direction though. In the new book Constitutional Democracies in Crisis?, Choudhry was given an entire chapter to write about and discuss a tweet from the former Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder.

The tweet read: “ABSOLUTE RED LINE: the firing of Bob Mueller or crippling the special counsel’s office. If removed or meaningfully tampered with, there must be mass, popular, peaceful support of both. The American people must be seen and heard- they will ultimately be determinative.”

The chapter written by Choudhry specifically talks about what the former Attorney General meant when he used the words “Absolute Red Line” and whether or not he is calling for acts of violence or not.

As for the latter, Choudhry explained that Eric Holder merely meant that the American people will be the ones to determine if a decision to fire Robert Mueller is let stand. Should Trump fire the special investigation one of two things will occur: people will protest and riot, or they won’t. This will be the deciding factor of how much power Trump will be allowed to display, according to Eric Holder.

Sujit Choudhry also expands on what he believes Holder meant be the absolute red line. Sujit Choudhry says the phrase could signal the dividing line between a functioning government and democratic failure. Simply put, the most extreme example of this red line would be if a president ignored term limits and attempted to remain in office. In the chapter, Choudhry also describe Poland and the situation with the Constitutional Tribunal, comparing it to the the situation mentioned in Holder’s tweet.

About Sujit Choudhry

Choudhry has worked in countries like Egypt, Jordan, and Nepal, bringing with him the advice necessary to create a functioning government and effective supreme law. He is the Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, which has a global network of partners that all work to to support constitutional building processes.

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Mr. Choudhry has been featured in several books on constituional law and politics. The Migration of Constitutional Ideas, Constitutional Design for Divided Societies, and The Oxford Handbook of The Indian Constitution all either feature writing and editorial efforts from Sujit Choudhry.  Click for more.

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