Jules Bernstein

Jules Bernstein is a longtime union- and worker-side lawyer in Washington, D.C. 

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Trump Trashes the Constitution. So Where Are the Lawyers?

Bar associations condemned Nixon during Watergate. Why are those organizations silent today?

Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/Sipa via AP Images President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House W hen the history of Donald Trump’s presidency is written, and the historians ask, “Where were the lawyers?” the answer must not be, “silent.” They were not silent during Watergate and they must not be silent now. As during Watergate, we once again have a president who issues self-serving professions of innocence, while, like President Nixon, he seeks simultaneously to frustrate and undermine the governmental entities charged with investigating his wrongdoing and that of his cohorts. In so doing Trump has unabashedly employed the power and influence of his office to attempt to discredit his own Justice Department and the FBI to his own advantage. In his first 15 months as president, Trump has convincingly demonstrated his contempt, abhorrence and lack of respect for the Constitution and the rule of law, as well as for the office of president. That’s clear from his sacking of...