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Law classmates tell Trump lawyer Cipollone he distorts Constitution by blocking impeachment witnesses
University of Chicago Law School classmates signed a letter to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone criticizing him for blocking impeachment witnesses.
October 10, 2019
BY FEDERAL EXPRESS
Pat Cipollone, Esq.
Counsel to the President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
We are your classmates and fellow proud graduates of the University of
Chicago Law School’s Class of 1991. We hold a range of political views. At
Chicago, though, we all learned to revere the law and the Constitution. Our
democracy depends on the rule of law. We remember that Professor David
Currie carried a copy of the Constitution in his pocket at all times.
We are sorry to see how your letter to the congressional leadership flouts the
traditions of rigor and intellectual honesty that we learned together. When any
president openly invites the help of foreign powers for partisan political
purposes, Congress in the exercise of its constitutional powers should
conduct an inquiry and the White House should cooperate. Fair-minded
lawyers can easily agree on this regardless of their politics. Your letter
instead distorts the law and the Constitution for other purposes, including
cable news consumption.
We urge you to honor our Law School’s great traditions, and the Constitution
of the United States, by retracting the letter.
Roya Behnia, Giles Birch, Ellen Cosgrove, Jeff Davis, Josh Davis, Sharon
Davis, Marc Fagel, Jeremy Feigelson, Andrew Ferren, Lynn Hartfield, Sharon
Hendricks, Kevin Hunter, Greg Markow, Tracey Meares, Emily Nozick, Joseph
Ostoyich, Lynn Parseghian, Linda Rawles, David Saul, Joel Wakefield, Larry