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Sujit Choudhry’s Views Concerning Eric’s Tweet


Sujit Choudhry is a well-known international scholar who dives in research addressing a wide range of matters in politics and comparative law. This entails constitutional design is a tool for managing transitions from violence to peaceful politics demos, transitional justice, constitutional courts, bills of rights, secession, federalism, decentralization, minority and group rights, and official language policies among others. He also writes widely on Canadian constitutional law (works.bepress.com).

Learn more about Sujit, visit http://sujitchoudhry.com/advisory-work/

One of the most recent publication is recorded in a chapter of a book that is yet to be released called Constitution Democracies in Crisis. The publication particularly targets the tweet that was made by Eric Holder. Eric is an attorney general who formerly served under the leadership of President Obama. Eric published the tweet to his followers in the year 2017. Through the tweet, Eric referred to the attempt for termination of Robert Mueller, White House Special Counsel as what he calls a red line. He continued to suggest that if anything happens close to that, they would call for a peaceful demonstration. He wrote that the removal or tampering with such would call for mass and peaceful support. That the American people needed to be heard and seen.

In response to this tweet, Sujit Choudhry says that the call to action made by the attorney general lies within two concepts. One of the concepts is that of the symbolic use of “red line.” He terms this as a controversial constitutional boundary for the American democracy. The other concept is when the attorney leaves the decision to the American people on whether the officials have misused their authorities and boundaries or not. In this, Sujit Choudhry points out that that is an influence created in that the decision made by American people is the determinant of how the issues will end up being solved. This is to suggest that the red line may be crossed or reversed. According to Sujit, Eric’s tweet is a clear indication of self-enforcement of the constitution that is formed by the focal point concept: That the constitutions are in place to protect the citizens and officials revolving around the suitability of the behavior or the constitutional rules. Sujit is surprised at such statement that Eric made in the tweet because he represents the court.  For more reading about Sujit, check constitutionaltransitions.org.

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