You might want to sit down for this.
Courtesy of Law and Crime:
President Donald Trump‘s baseless Thursday morning question about postponing the 2020 general election has been given new life. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested the final decision on any such postponement hinges upon whether Attorney General Bill Barr and others at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) can find a legal justification to change the date.
“Can a president delay the November presidential election, Mr. Secretary?” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) asked during a Senate hearing.
“Senator, I’m not going to enter a legal judgment on that on the fly this morning,” Pompeo replied.
A somewhat stunned Kaine then went on to run through all of Pompeo’s legal bona fides and allegedly merit-based achievements–while noting that he, too, attended Harvard Law School.
“You are one of the most highly trained and accomplished lawyers who are part of this administration,” Kaine summarized, “Can a president delay a presidential election?”
To which Pompeo replied:
In the end, the Department of Justice, and others, will make that legal determination. We all should want–I know you do, too, Senator Kaine–want to make sure to have an election that everyone is confident in.
“Are you indifferent to the date of the election?” Kaine asked.
“It should happen lawfully,” Pompeo said–the end of his thoughts on the matter.
As you might imagine legal experts all over the internet exploded in outrage over these remarks.
Of course, the terrifying implication of Pompeo’s remarks is that this is how the Trump Administration views their ability to delay the upcoming election and does not seem to respect or perhaps even recognize that doing so is not within their power.
If an attempt is made this could result in a huge clash between the Legislative and Executive branch which could delay the vote by weeks if not months.
Which I am not at all convinced is not secretly the current Trump administrations plan.