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Charlotte Talks: Are We In A Constitutional Crisis?

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Monday, Oct. 14, 2019

Now that the Trump White House has declared war on the House impeachment inquiry, many are asking if the country is facing a constitutional crisis. It might be helpful to take a step back and see what the Constitution says to begin with.

Vox recently asked legal experts whether a constitutional crisis is unfolding, and there was no consensus.

Questions about the constitutionality of the Trump White House's actions led Kim Wehle, a law school professor at the University of Baltimore and a CBS News legal analyst, to write a book on the Constitution.

"It's really important for people to be educated about not only their constitutional rights, but (also) the structure of our government," Wehle told NPR.

That might help answer a constant question: can the president do that? What does the Constitution say about two branches of government being at loggerheads?

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Kim Wehle, author of “How to Read the Constitution and Why,” professor of law at the University of Baltimore School of Law, CBS News legal expert (@kim_wehle)

A veteran of Charlotte radio news, Chris joined the "Charlotte Talks" staff in January 2016, but has been listening to WFAE since discovering the station as a high schooler.