Sujit Choudhry is a scholar, author, a member of the Executive Committee of the International Society of Public Law, and the Director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions (constitutionaltransitions.org). His main body of work focuses in on comparative constitutional law and politics, and he educates government officials and as well as others about how to manage the shift from violence and conflict to a peaceful society that follows democratic principles, see patch.com. In the latest book chapter that he authored, he writes about the previous Attorney General who served with President Obama, Eric Holder, and a tweet that Holder put out that talked about a red line that might be crossed. This red line had to do with Bob Mueller, and Holder remarked in his tweet that if Mueller was fired or if his office was meaningfully tampered with, that there should be massive, peaceful, and popular protest supporting these. For more of his published works, click works.bepress.com.
Sujit Choudhry believes the problem with this is that Holder’s statements are indicating that it is up to the people, rather than the rule of law, to point out whether a public official has abused their power and crossed a red line. He was also troubled that Holder seemed to be indicating that the reaction of the people would be the deciding factor. Choudhry commented further that he was surprised that Holder never mentioned using a legal challenge to resolve the situation.
Sujit Choudhry is also disturbed that there are cases where a President or other political leader has extended their own term limits. For example: The rule of law in the United States dictates that the President will serve no more than two terms in the office. He believes that an autocrat would work to destroy this rule of law by subverting it to stay in power; one way or another. In Poland, something just like this happened when a nationalist party, during the cold war, known as PiS undermined the Polish constitution by keeping itself in power for much longer than it should have been. Sujit Choudhry believes that these kinds of issues should be addressed so future generations will not have to deal with the same thing.
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