“Can He Do That?” is The Washington Post’s politics podcast, exploring presidential power in the face of weakened institutions, a divided electorate and changing political norms. Led by host Allison Michaels, each episode asks a new question about this extraordinary moment in American history and answers with insight into how our government works, how to understand ongoing events, and the implications when so much about the current state of American life and the country’s politics is unlike ...
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The Constitution is the subject of the 199th episode. Our guest is UC-Berkeley law professor, Hoover Institution fellow and author John Yoo, whose new book is, “Defender in Chief: Donald Trump’s Fight for Presidential Power”. In this conversation we begin with our guest’s revelation that he just walked out of the Oval Office before our interview. Then we discussed his career, the Supreme Court’s DACA decision, the central thesis of his new book, rioting in American cities, his memo on enhanced interrogation during the Bush years, and what he makes of recent Supreme Court decisions.