Rabkin Addresses Constitutional Limits in Hill Testimony

Critics of President George W. Bush's administration seized an opportunity to speak out at a July 25 hearing on Capitol Hill in which Professor Jeremy Rabkin also provided testimony.

The Democratic-run House Judiciary Commitee held its hearing on the topic of executive power and its constitutional limitations, with many of the speakers taking direct aim at policies and actions of Bush during his administration and calling for his impeachment. After discussion by members of Congress as to whether the Bush administration exceeded its authority under the Constitution, a panel of scholars, including Rabkin, examined the question.

Saying he believed Bush had done nothing "more extreme or more disturbing" than past presidents including Roosevelt, Truman and McKinley have done during times of war, Rabkin counseled moderation, saying, "The rest of the country is not necessarily in the same bubble in which people think it is reasonable to describe the president as if he were Caligula."

Media coverage of the hearing has been widespread, and several links to coverage follow:

Deseret Morning News
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Voice of America
U.S. Federal News (registration required)
Los Angeles Times
House Judiciary Committee website