Carnegie’s Sarah Chayes spoke with Public Radio International’s Marco Werman about how autocrats internationally have responded when confronted with judicial challenges. She explained that the Trump administration follows a broader pattern of regimes capitalizing on popular grievances to entrench kleptocracy. This phenomenon has been seen overseas, she said, and events like the firing of FBI Director Comey demonstrate an assault on domestic institutions. She added that the message reverberates internationally among states who traditionally looked to the United States to demonstrate respect for the rule of law. 

This interview was originally broadcast by Public Radio International.