Faculty Notes

Prof. Julian Ku Quoted in FT Story on Whether Trump Can Stop the Case Against Huawei’s CFO

Julian Ku, Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law, Faculty Director of International Programs

Can Trump intervene to free Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou?
US president may have the legal power to halt extradition of CFO
By Kiran Stacey
The Financial Times
March 12, 2019

If Mr Trump does decide to act, he has two main options. One would be to ask the attorney-general to intervene in the case to drop the charges altogether — something lawyers say would badly undermine the independence of the judiciary.

“While it could be illegal for the president to act in this way to benefit himself, it would not be if he did so in what he believed was the national interest,” said Julian Ku, a law professor at Hofstra University. “It would not be illegal — but it would be very unusual.”

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