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Top lawyers in the Federalist Society to speak out against Trump

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Top lawyers in the Federalist Society are trying to rally fellow conservatives to speak out against Trump

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11/14/18
The Federalist Society's annual convention has been called the "Super Bowl" for lawyers. This year, following the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, yet another member of the group's ranks sent to the highest court in the land, it might have been expected to be a celebration of Kavanaugh and the president who appointed him. But just days before the convention is set to begin at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, some of its most prominent members have banded together to form "Checks and Balances," a slate of like-minded attorneys who are encouraging their fellow conservatives to speak out against what they see as President Donald Trump's undermining of the rule of law. The group includes more than a dozen conservative and libertarian lawyers, many of whom who have held high-profile positions in Republican presidential administrations. The group's members have been influential in shaping conservative legal thought. In interviews Wednesday, members of the group expressed the hope that more conservatives would join them. They said that they hoped to lower the barriers to doing so by attaching their names, in public, to a declaration sticking up for the rule of law.

Marisa Maleck, a former law clerk to conservative Justice Clarence Thomas, said she was dismayed by the lack of criticism the president received from members of his own party during his first two years in office. Maleck cited the president's firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his decision to strip the press pass from CNN's chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta as recent actions she opposed. "The president is taking on more and more power, and people don't know any better if you don't have legal experts speaking up and saying: This is entirely unconstitutional, and you can't do that," she said. "Our hope and belief is that there are a lot more people who share these concerns than thus far have been known to raise them publicly," he said. "When lots of people who generally share the same legal philosophy about the Constitution are gathering, that's an obvious time to encourage people to be more vocal and more active."

It's encouraging to see powerful conservatives banding together in a concerted effort to educate the public about Trumps incessant attacks on the Rule of Law and the Constitution.

As I see it, a majority of the so-called "conservatives" and Libertarian-right on this very board have few problems with the "Trump administration’s betrayals of bedrock legal norms."

Conservative Lawyers Say Trump Has Undermined the Rule of Law
 

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undermine the rule of law? LOL :lamo
 

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From the article:
The Federalist Society's annual convention has been called the "Super Bowl" for lawyers. This year, following the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, yet another member of the group's ranks sent to the highest court in the land, it might have been expected to be a celebration of Kavanaugh and the president who appointed him. But just days before the convention is set to begin at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, some of its most prominent members have banded together to form "Checks and Balances," a slate of like-minded attorneys who are encouraging their fellow conservatives to speak out against what they see as President Donald Trump's undermining of the rule of law. The group includes more than a dozen conservative and libertarian lawyers, many of whom who have held high-profile positions in Republican presidential administrations. The group's members have been influential in shaping conservative legal thought. In interviews Wednesday, members of the group expressed the hope that more conservatives would join them. They said that they hoped to lower the barriers to doing so by attaching their names, in public, to a declaration sticking up for the rule of law.

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Be that as it may, it's clear they've been largely impotent in shaping popular conservative thought, most notably regarding separation of powers, judicial independence, government/political ethics and checks and balances.
 

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Be that as it may, it's clear they've been largely impotent in shaping popular conservative thought, most notably regarding separation of powers, judicial independence, government/political ethics and checks and balances.

The Federalist Society promulgates a textualist or originalist interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.

That's why the GOP insists that all SCOTUS candidates are vetted by the Society.
 
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