A conversation with Jack Goldsmith: American Institutions and the Trump Presidency

Harvard Law professor Jack Goldsmith shares his perspective on American institutions and the Trump presidency in a recent interview with Weekly Standard editor-at-large Bill Kristol.

The Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law at Harvard University, Goldsmith is the co-founder of the Lawfare blog, and author of “The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside The Bush Administration,” as well as of other books and articles on many topics related to terrorism, national security, international law, conflicts of law, and internet law. Prior to joining the HLS faculty, Goldsmith served as assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel (2003-2004) and special counsel to the general counsel to the Department of Defense ( 2002-2003).

In this conversation, Goldsmith shares his perspective on how American institutions, and political and cultural norms, have fared during the Trump presidency. While arguing that judicial independence and other constitutional checks and balances remain robust, Goldsmith also reflects on various stresses to the system during this volatile period in American politics.

Conversations with Bill Kristol is an online forum featuring in-depth, discussions with leading figures in public life, produced by the Foundation for Constitutional Government.