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Will the constitution hold Trump back?

Individual states might resist him, but in Washington he will have great power

By Adam Tomkins   December 2016

Page one of the original copy of the US constitution

At times such as these we reach for The West Wing, don’t we? One of my favourite lines is from an episode in series two when Josh Lyman, the Deputy White House Chief of Staff, says that there are only two things that stop governments: money and politics.

As a constitutional lawyer I’ve always been struck by this truth. Law does not appear on Josh’s list. Governments will do…

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