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How Donald Trump is breaking the law

The writ of the courts still runs—for now. But Trump is remaking the American bench, and destroying the norms on which democracy depends

When he first ran for the presidency in 2016, Donald Trump promised voters all sorts of things that worried even rock-ribbed conservatives who might otherwise have supported his candidacy. He pledged, for instance, to “open up the libel laws” so that newspapers would be legally liable for criticising him (unconstitutional). He called for a national stop-and-frisk policy (unconstitutional) and argued that US citizens accused of terrorism should be tried in military tribunals (also unconstitutional). He advocated for torture of terror suspects and the targeting of their…

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