Bruce Fein


Bruce Fein, associate deputy attorney general under Ronald Reagan, discusses restoring the rule of law to the executive branch of government, the unprosecuted torture and FISA violations that are piling up, Obama’s impeachable neglect of his duty to faithfully execute the law and why a presidential pardon and not selectively ignoring the law is the way to deal with politically sensitive crimes.

MP3 here. (26:32)

Bruce Fein is a lawyer specializing in constitutional and international issues. He graduated from Harvard Law School with honors in 1972. After a coveted federal judicial clerkship, he joined the U.S. Department of Justice where he served as assistant director of the Office of Legal Policy, legal adviser to the assistant attorney general for antitrust, and the associate deputy attorney general.Mr. Fein then was appointed general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, followed by an appointment as research director for the Joint Congressional Committee on Covert Arms Sales to Iran. He recently served on the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Presidential signing statements

Mr. Fein has been an adjunct scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, a resident scholar at the Heritage Foundation, a lecturer at the Bookings Institute, and an adjunct professor at George Washington University. He has also been executive editor of World Intelligence Review, a periodical devoted to national security and intelligence issues. He regularly lectures to foreign guests and dignitaries visiting the United States on behalf of the State Department.

6 thoughts on “Bruce Fein”

  1. Intelligent informed stirring stuff.
    This is what makes the Scott Horton show essential listening.
    Thanks Scott.

  2. Very good interview and the only issue I have is where Bruce states this is the first time that we have entered a state of perpetual warfare in regard to the so called war on terror. The war on drugs has done arguably as much or more damage, but Bruce's association with the American Enterprise Institute and other conservative associations may prevent him from admitting that publicly.

  3. Thanks Scott, I do enjoy hearing Bruce Fein, an honorable man of principle and fine lawyer and patriot. You might also consider inviting attorney Francis A. Boyle onto your show. He is every bit as astute, honorable and patriotic. In fact he is brilliant! He would have no problem stating that Bush, Cheney, et. al. are most certainly deserve to be tried for murder, torture and a host of other crimes. A facsinating and distinguished attorney, law professor and political scientist. His book of radio interviews is worth picking up: "Tackling America's Toughest Questions" published by Clarity Press, Inc. in 2009.

  4. Bruce Fein believes in (gasp!) the rule of law. He believes that (shudder!) it applies to the ruling political hacks, as well as to Joe Sixpack.
    He believes that (tremble!) President Obama The Divine should be impeached if the latter doesn't faithfully execute the law.

    They just don't make lawyers like Fein and Glenn Greenwald anymore.

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