The Presidency 46

The following is an extract from Lesson 3 of Trust and the Presidency. You can read the entire lesson here:

The trust-related debates about the presidency from the framer’s time continue to this day.  Only the words have changed. The old worry, about how to ensure that a president will be strong enough to deal with the nation’s challenges without becoming a tyrant, is echoed in today’s debate over the so-called “unitary executive theory.”  This third part of the series of Trust and the Presidency focuses on issues related to that debate.

3.2          According to supporters of the unitary executive theory, presidents may act within their explicit and implied powers without Congressional interference. From this perspective, so long as the President is acting within Article 1 powers, any attempt to limit the President’s control over the Executive Branch is unconstitutional, and all Congressional inquiries into Executive Branch operations can be rejected unless clearly linked to the legislative function.

Image: President George Washington

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