Moderator, CNN Senior Political Analyst, John Avlon is joined by Michael Waldman, President of the Brennan Center for Justice; Franita Tolson, Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at University of Southern California Gould School of Law; and David Frum, Staff Writer, The Atlantic, to explore the roots of presidential power in the Constitution and the sometimes contentious processes, historically and today, by which we select and confirm the President.
When George Washington was inaugurated as First President at Federal Hall, the world was watching the birth of this new government, the first of its kind. The world will be watching again on January 20, 2021 after a period of historic electoral turbulence. What are the lessons learned from this tumultuous election? Is it time for legislative change – or even additional Constitutional Amendments – to close the gaps in Constitutional mandates and restore order for future American presidential elections?
DEBATE DEFENDS DEMOCRACY is presented by the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy at Federal Hall in partnership with New York University and the National Park Service. "Presidential Power & Presidential Transition" is also presented in partnership with the NYU Brennan Center for Justice.
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