Thursday, June 7, 2018

Trump team: President can shoot James Comey and also pardon himself.

Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's lawyer, told the Huffington Post that President Trump could shoot former FBI James Comey and not be indicted for it, i.e. charged for the murder. (Huffington Post) It's an overbroad interpretation of a President's constitutional power. On Monday, President Trump also tweeted that he could pardon himself.

My fellow Americans, these views by conservative Republicans mirror those by history's dictators. The ideas that the President can kill witnesses against him in a corruption investigation or critics or that he is above the law are un-American.

Let me say this as a lawyer. A president has broad constitutional powers. However, he may not exercise them for illegal, unconstitutional purposes. For example, a president as commander in chief cannot order the Air Force to bomb his political opponents. That would be taking an American's life without Due Process, a violation of the Constitution.

This November, we can start to take our country back from the dictators and fascists. Vote liberal Democrat if you want to live.

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