Trump Presidency Prompts Law Professor to Write a Constitutional Guide for Presidents


Visiting Professor Corey Brettschneider was interviewed by Fox5 NY about his new book, The Oath and the Office: A Guide to the Constitution for Future Presidents

Nearly two years ago, Donald Trump raised his right hand and solemnly swore to “faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”


Every president has started his time in office with that oath of office, prescribed in Article II of the United States Constitution.


But while nearly every president has been accused of violating that oath, the frequency and range of accusations against President Trump inspired Corey Brettschneider, a constitutional law professor at Fordham Law and Brown University, to write The Oath and the Office: A Guide to the Constitution for Future Presidents.

[I]n his book, Brettschneider finds cautionary tales throughout American history, up to and including President Obama’s use of drone strikes and the Bush administration’s authorization of torture in the so-called war on terror.


“The challenge in writing a book is to not write about one president, it’s to write about all of them,” Brettschneider said. “To be honest about the fact that both Democrat and Republican presidents have violated the constitution, and to call them out.”

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