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The Department of Politics and Government hosted a panel discussion September 12 on the use of executive power during Donald Trump’s presidency. “The Trump Presidency and Executive Power: From the Immigration Ban to the Arpaio Pardon” was attended by over 70 students, faculty, and community members.

The panelists were Professors Lane Crothers, Meghan Leonard, and Tom McClure. Professor Carl Palmer serving as moderator. All are faculty in the Department of Politics and Government. Topics varied, with Crothers sharing some historical perspective on executive power, while Leonard and McClure respectively discussed the political and legal implications of the use of executive power by the Trump Administration.

Some of the specific instances of using executive power discussed by the panel include the controversial travel ban enacted early in the Trump presidency; the suspension of DACA; and the polarizing pardon of Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff convicted of  contempt of court for refusing to follow a court order regarding racial profiling.

Read more about the panel discussion in this story by The Pantagraph.