November 25, 2019

Professor Deborah Pearlstein, co-director of the Floersheimer Center for Constitutional Democracy, published a piece in The Atlantic detailing Congress' role in foreign policy according to the Constitution. Pearlstein counters the arguments made in the impeachment inquiry regarding the President's power to control foreign policy.

"On the contrary, the legislature’s power to influence and even control U.S. foreign policy decision making is vast, and certainly vast enough to support the uniform view the witnesses expressed: U.S. support for Ukraine is a central pillar of U.S. foreign policy, and the president is undermining that policy, not legitimately setting a new one," Pearlstein writes.

"The president has never been the sole agent in charge of U.S. foreign policy, and perpetuating this fiction only heightens the dangers of constitutional harm."

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