The True Extent of Executive Power

On October 20, 2020, the Federalist Society’s Georgetown Law Student Chapter and the Regulatory Transparency Project hosted John C. Yoo and Saikrishna B. Prakash for an online discussion on the extent of executive power. In his new book, “Defender in Chief,” John Yoo argues that Trump – despite his populism – has become more often the defender rather than the opponent of the original Constitution.

In “The Living Presidency,” Sai Prakash counters that Trump, like many modern presidents, has violated the Constitution’s grant of executive power.

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As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speaker.

Saikrishna Prakash

James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law

University of Virginia


John C. Yoo

Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law; Co-Faculty Director, Korea Law Center; and Director, Public Law & Policy Program

UC Berkeley School of Law


Federalist Society’s Georgetown Student Chapter

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