Letters and Politics

Explaining the Insurrection Act of 1807 & Looking Back on Nixon’s Law and Order Campaign

President Trump has threatened to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807 to use military forces in order to quell civil disturbances. To learn about the legality and use of this Insurrection Act we talk to Constitutional lawyer and Presidential powers specialist Neil Kinkopf.

Guest: Neil Kinkopf is Professor of Law at the Georgia State University College of Law. He is co-author with Peter Shane and Harold Bruff of the book Separation of Powers Law: Cases and Materials. Professor Kinkopf was Counselor to then-Sen. Joe Biden for the impeachment trial of President Clinton.

Then, we look at the history of Nixon’s Law and Order Campaign.

Guest:  Rick Perlstein is a historian, journalist and author of Nixonland, The Invisible Bridge, and his forthcoming Reaganland. His latest piece on Mother Jones is Will Urban Uprisings Help Trump? Actually, They Could Be His Undoing.


Photo source: Wikimedia By New York World-Telegram – LOC, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4539577



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