Is the president above the law?
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Is the president above the law?

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As the Russia probe zeroes in on President Trump's inner circle, his lawyer John Dowd made a statement arguing that a "president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer." Many lawyers and legal scholars disputed Dowd’s claim, citing the articles of impeachment drawn up against Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. Can a president be charged with obstruction of justice? 🏛️

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 Richard M Nixon famously argued that "when the president does it, that means it's not illegal."

 The New York Times editorial board disagrees:

You know you have a problem when you’ve been president for less than 11 months and you’re already relying on Richard Nixon’s definition of what’s legal.

 Sam Berger, a senior policy adviser at the Center for American Progress, told the Washington Post that Dowd's claim was patently false. 

We have a president, not a king. No one is above the law, whether it be Trump or any of his close associates." 

Others agree with Dowd. They say that as head of the executive branch, the president has supreme authority over the enforcement of the laws.

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