Bowdoin’s Rudalevige on Whether Trump Has the Power to Block Comey from Testifying (Monkey Cage)

Andrew Rudalevige

It has been reported that President Trump will not invoke “executive privilege” to prevent former FBI director James Comey from testifying before a Senate committee Thursday.

As Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, writes in the Washington Post political science blog, The Monkey Cage, “the popping of that trial balloon has less to do with the broader concept of executive privilege and more to do with the specifics of the current situation.” Read his piece, “Does Trump have the power to block Comey from testifying? Probably not.”

Professor Gibbons Wins US Grant to Study Proposed Nuclear Weapons Ban

Last December, 113 nations voted at the United Nations to begin the process of eliminating nuclear weapons worldwide. These nations will meet in June in an attempt to finalize negotiations and produce a treaty.

Visiting Assistant Professor of History Rebecca Gibbons, recently awarded a grant from the US Air Force Academy, will spend the next few months, with help from a student researcher, looking into the possible effects of the wave of anti-nuclear sentiment on US allies.

While the United States and other countries possessing nuclear weapons oppose the Humanitarian Pledge’s approach to banning them, the movement could gain traction and help organize and intensify resistance around the world. “It is not that this treaty will have a big effect initially,” Gibbons said, “but it will galvanize people. It is a normative endgame to stigmatize the weapons, and is affecting populations in Europe.” Read the story in Bowdoin News.

Bowdoin’s Rudalevige on What Watergate Can Teach Us about the Trump White House (Monkey Cage)

Andrew Rudalevige

President Trump’s alleged intervention with the FBI has prompted many to recall the Nixon era and the possible makings of a scandal “reaching Watergate size and scale,” remarked Sen. John McCain.

Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, offers compelling insights into how the two situations compare and contrast, including the dueling lines: “When the president does it, that means it is not illegal” and “wholly appropriate.”

Read the article in the Washington Post political science blog, Monkey Cage.