Two CNN analysts have decided that America is finished.
CNN National Security and Legal Analyst Susan Hennessey and CNN analyst Asha Rangappa responded to a tweet noting that this week marked the 232nd anniversary of the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia by positing that the Constitution wasn’t effective anymore.
They were prompted by this:
Hennessey, inspired by her colleague, moaned:
Further details of just why the CNN duo opined that the Constitution no longer seemed like a valid document were unavailable.
Hennessey, who graduated from Harvard Law, served in the Office of General Counsel of the National Security Agency. She currently is the Executive Editor of the Lawfare blog and Senior Fellow in National Security in Governance Studies at the left-leaning Brookings Institution. Her partisan approach is readily apparent; she tweeted on Thursday that she was worried House Democrats didn’t know what they were doing, writing, “I’m sort of stunned Pelosi’s arguments against initiating impeachment are so obviously weak. I assumed she’d have a decent case, even if I didn’t agree on merits. But this is starting to feel more like House Dems actually just don’t know what they’re doing. That’s alarming.”
Along with Benjamin Wittes, the editor-in-chief of Lawfare, Hennessey authored “Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump’s War on the World’s Most Powerful Office,” to be released next January. The book’s publicity reads, “In this book, they situate Trump-era scandals and outrages in the deeper context of the presidency itself. How should we understand the oath of office when it is taken by a man who may not know what it means to preserve, protect, and defend something other than himself? What aspects of Trump are radically different from past presidents and what aspects have historical antecedents? When has he simply built on his predecessors’ misdeeds, and when has he invented categories of misrule entirely his own?”
Rangappa, who graduated from Yale Law School, has a similar perspective to Hennessey’s; she retweeted leftist Hollywood director Rob Reiner tweeting, “Trump has declared all out war on Democracy. Using classified intelligence to destroy his political opponents is Autocracy pure and simple. We are slipping into a dark time in our nation’s history. We must fight hard for our better angels to survive.”
In February, before special counsel Robert Mueller wrapped up his investigation, Rangappa wrote hopefully:
Some key figures, though, such as Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr., would appear to be off the hook: If Mueller’s work is done, then he probably will not be filing any charges against them. But there is another possibility, which is that the end of the federal investigation into the 2016 campaign clears the path for criminal charges in multiple states. That should worry the president and the people in his circle.
Most important, states are not constrained by the Justice Department’s policy against indicting a sitting president: There is nothing under current law that would prevent a state from charging Trump himself with a crime. Such an action would be unprecedented and inevitably result in a major constitutional showdown, but even the best-case scenario (for Trump) would be that prosecution gets deferred until he leaves office, which would still leave him cornered from a legal perspective and raise the likelihood of impeachment.