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The position of U.S. Attorney General was established in 1789, while the U.S. Department of Justice was established in 1870, nearly a century later. For awhile after the ratification of the Constitution, the role of the Attorney General was to advise the executive and legislative branches (equally) on legal matters, not be the person in charge of the law's ...


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The constitutional remedy is the same as for keeping a rogue executive official in check. Impeachment by Congress I cannot cite any source right now, but I think from following the Trump story, I have learnt enough about separation of powers in the United States.


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There is no conflict of interest here. First of all, this is not unique or unusual. There have been several instances of judges resigning to accept cabinet appointments in the United States Moreover, what you identify as a Conflict of Interest is simply not what Conflict of Interest means. To wit: A conflict of interest (COI) is a situation in which a ...


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Yes, probably, particularly given the current composition of the U.S. Supreme Court. But this is a tricky question as it is both hypothetical, and it can be confused with questions about the advisability or legality of specific acts. The fact that someone has a right does not imply it insulates him from legal consequences, (e.g. I have a right to free ...


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Let's start first by pointing out that there is (currently) no true answer to this question. Most of the powers of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches are established by convention and practice, and are not explicitly spelled out in constitutional or statutory law. When the framers created the constitution, they intentionally left it loose and ...


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Have Congressional Democrats asked the IG to investigate Barr’s actions? There have been two requests covered by multiple news organizations. Kamala Harris Urges Justice Department Inspector General to Investigate Barr, 5/04/19. Following up on her intense questioning of Attorney General William Barr earlier this week in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen....


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It is important to understand that although the President is the Chief Executive of the Executive branch of US government, he does not have absolute authority. The Executive branch is composed of a number of independent agencies tasked by Congress to perform respective duties. The President can certainly issue requests and orders to the heads of these ...


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