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The Oath and the Office: A Public Talk by Corey Brettschneider

September 17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm


Phi Beta Kappa Carl F. Cranor Visiting Scholar Corey Brettschneider discusses his recent book, “The Oath and the Office.”

Can the president launch a nuclear attack without congressional approval? Is it ever a crime to criticize the president? Can states legally resist a president’s executive order? In today’s fraught political climate, it often seems as if we must become constitutional law scholars just to understand the news from Washington, let alone make a responsible decision at the polls. Corey Brettschneider, author of “The Oath and the Office,” offers the guidance we need, right now and into the future, whether we are voting for, or running to become, President of the United States.

In this virtual public talk, he explains the powers―and limits―that the Constitution places on the presidency. From the document itself and from American history’s most famous court cases, we learn why certain powers were granted to the presidency, how the Bill of Rights limits those powers, and what “we the people” can do to influence the nation’s highest public office. Brettschneider builds the lecture to culminate in a discussion about how to stop a president who disregards the Oath, including a close look at impeachment and the debate over whether a sitting president can be criminally indicted.

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September 17
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
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