Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Check it Out: Law Profs Respond to Trump Attorneys: Yes, the President is Subject to Law

Check out the response to President Trump's attorneys by a group of prominent ConLawProfs, organized by Protect Democracy. (We posted on President Trump's attorneys' letter here.) Their conclusion:

The Office of the President is not a get out of jail free card for lawless behavior. Indeed, our country's Founders made it clear in the Declaration of Independence that they did not believe that even a king had such powers; they specifically cited King George's obstruction of justice as among the "injuries and usurpations" that justified independence. Our Founders would not have created--and did not create--a Constitution that would permit the President to use his powers to violate the laws for corrupt and self-interested reasons.

In sum, both Article II and the criminal laws of this country forbid the president from engaging in corrupt and self-dealing conduct, even when exercising Article II powers to execute the laws.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/conlaw/2018/06/check-it-out-law-profs-respond-to-trump-attorneys-yes-the-president-is-subject-to-law.html

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Comments

Interesting post. Equality of law for all needs to be emphasized. No administrative office or position is above the law. It’s as simple as that.

Posted by: Fredrick Carter | Jun 11, 2018 4:40:46 AM

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