Sujit Choudhry Discusses Eric Holder’s “Absolute Red Line” Tweet

The White House has been under threat of a Constitutional crisis since the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate the links between Russia and the election campaign of President Donald Trump. As threats continue to come from the Oval Office over the option to fire the Special Counsel, former Obama Administration Attorney general Eric Holder has attracted attention for his tweet stating the firing of Mueller would be an “absolute red line” for the position of President Trump.

In his latest book chapter published by the Oxford University Press, Professor Sujit Choudhry has devoted most of his writing to dissecting the Tweet and how Holder’s words could be construed. Professor Choudhry believes Holder was directing the American Government and public to take action in some form to fight the possibility of President Trump using his power to block an investigation into his own actions during the campaign. The “absolute red line” is described by Choudhry in “A Disintegrating Democracy” as the people taking to the streets to protest and the ultimate decision to impeach the President for his actions (

On many occasions, the press has compared any potential firing of Robert Mueller as similar to the fabled “Saturday Night Massacre” of President Richard Nixon which led to his resignation from the Presidency. Professor Choudhry refers to the constitutional crisis which took place in Poland as a good example of how the rights of the people of a nation can be used for both good and bad in a short space of time.

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In an effort to explain the issues surrounding the possible courses of action open to the public and government if the decision is eventually made to fire the Special Counsel including the potential ways the government may attempt to hold on to power. More views on

Sujit Choudhry spends much of his time exploring the constitutions of many nations from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and other developing nations but believes the U.S. Constitution is often seen as the gold standard across the world (