FloydAbramsInterview Highlights

– “I think Senator Cruz is right that ‘natural-born’ as understood would more likely than not be held to mean someone that didn’t need to be naturalized, didn’t have to go through any procedure to be an American, as of course he did not because he had an American mother.”
– “I’ll tell you what I think they (Supreme Court) would say: I think they would say we’re not going to rule. I think they would say, we’re going to treat this as what we call a political question. Congress can decide, the public can decide, but we’re not going to pass on the issue of whether these words are of such magnitude as to disqualify someone for the presidency. I think that’s where it would be left. I think it will ultimately be, even if Senator Cruz were to be elected president, one that the courts would just stay away from.”

About Floyd Abrams

Floyd Abrams is an expert on constitutional law, and many arguments in the briefs he has written before the United States Supreme Court have been adopted as United States Constitutional interpretative law as it relates to the First Amendment and free speech. He is an attorney at Cahill Gordon & Reindel. He is the William J. Brennan Jr. Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. Abrams argued for The New York Times and Judith Miller in the CIA leak grand jury investigation. Abram’s appearance before the Supreme Court as an advocate of the First Amendment has put him in a class of prominent and still-working legal scholars who have shaped American understanding of their fundamental rights under the United States Constitution.

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