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No President Is Above the Law

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When Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report was released on April 18, I sat down and read it. All 448 pages of it. I started reading it that afternoon, and I read all through the night and into the next morning. And when I got to page 448, three things were clear to me.

First, a hostile foreign government attacked our 2016 election to help candidate Donald Trump get elected. Second, candidate Donald Trump welcomed that help. Third, when the federal government tried to investigate, now-President Donald Trump did everything he could to delay, distract, and otherwise obstruct that investigation.

That's a crime. If Donald Trump were anyone other than the President of the United States right now, he would be in handcuffs and indicted. Robert Mueller said as much in his report, and he said it again on Wednesday.

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"The Special Counsel's Office is part of the Department of Justice, and by regulation it was bound by that Department policy. Charging the President with a crime was, therefore, not an option we could consider."

Mueller's statement made clear what those of us who have read his report already knew: He's referring President Trump for impeachment, and it's up to Congress to act.

That's why I came out in favor of impeachment after reading all 448 pages of Mueller's report. This is not about politics -- it's our constitutional duty as members of Congress. It's a matter of principle.

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But impeachment isn't supposed to be the only way that a President can be held accountable for committing a crime.

That's why I've got a plan to make sure that no President is above the law.

Congress should make it clear that Presidents can be indicted for criminal activity, including obstruction of justice. And when I'm President, I'll appoint Justice Department officials who will reverse flawed policies so no President is shielded from criminal accountability.

Donald Trump believes that he can violate the law, and he believes that the role of the Department of Justice is to help him get away with it. That's not how our country is supposed to work.

Yes, Congress has a constitutional obligation to impeach the President when he violates the law. But lawyers for previous presidents have used this constitutional duty to argue that the only way the President can be held accountable for criminal behavior is through impeachment.

This argument hasn't always been accepted by the federal government, and it's been criticized by scores of constitutional experts, but it's still the official policy of the Department of Justice.

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That policy, first advanced in an opinion by the Office of Legal Counsel during Watergate and backed up by an additional memo in 2000, is why Robert Mueller couldn't indict President Trump for obstruction of justice.

Congress should make it clear that the President can be held accountable for violating the law, just like everyone else.

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Oh yes, W Bush, Obama, Trump (10 million signatures are being "ignored" by Pelosi/Nadler) are all permanently "above the law" ("Attorney General" was "Duty Bound" but didn't) in the United States - they and "those to come" are all protected forever for whatever they do/did in office, even after leaving office, by the AUMF of 2001 and 2003 ("preemptive wars" of choice by the president are sanctioned by congress) - Congress never repealed those two "authorizations" thereby "saddling" the American people and the world with an #ImperialPresidency for the 21st Century.

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Yeah,they are.Along with other politicians,banksters,corporate executives and other wealthy elites

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It only depends on whether they obey to the rich or not. If the do, they do not have problems no matter what crime they commit. If they do not, their presidency would be depreciated; he might be removed or even killed. Jimmy Carter was depreciated, Richard Nixon was removed, and John Kennedy was killed. In my opinion, it happened because they resisted the will of the rich.

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No mention of war crimes.

That is very revealing. Not prosecuting war crimes is a war crime. If the US ever had to face Nuremberg trials, not only would Trump, Obama and Bush be found guilty. Members of congress and the media would be too.

If you want to make the President not above the law, then Congress must take back the responsibility for declaring (or not) war. The president acting as Caesar is what has led to an imperial president.

Warren is weak on being a peace candidate, defender of the 1st Amendment, and is aiding and abetting an imperial presidency.

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Yes, indeed, after 9/11 (i.e.,"evidence of federal crimes"), congress, Democrats and Republicans alike, quickly "switched" to the "imperial presidency", notwithstanding the horrors revealed at the "Nuremberg trials".

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Elizabeth Warren who proved herself to be a grandstanding Hillary Ho, standing shoulder to shoulder with one of the greatest war criminals in our history, hoping to become her VP after the shameful debacle of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in which an honest man was robbed of the nomination. How dare you write to us about the Orange Buffoon's crimes? You helped put him in the White House and your diseased party is going to secure him a second term.

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Unfortunately, the headline is a lie. ALL presidents are above the law. Every president in my lifetime has been an unindicted war criminal. This is unthinkable in the mainstream political bubble.

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I think Elizabeth Warren searches for Trump's crimes at wrong places. Russia did not have any interest to interfere in the US election. It was invented by the rich to promote their interests the best. But Trump did commit a crime according to the UN by attacking Syria with missiles. If this was not a crime according to the US laws this is a problem that should be addressed.


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No senator is above the law, either. In pure point of fact, no American of any stripe is above the law. Some people, though, have taken it upon themselves to discard the articles in the U.S Constitution that specify that point.

Elizabeth Warren is one such person. She is now in gaslighting mode as explosive revelations impend about the Clinton campaign, the intelligence community, and the phony Mueller investigation. Not sure what the so-called elite have on Fauxcahontas, but the fact that she's out front as a spokesperson, tasked with diverting attention from the high treason cum failed coup d'etat that has occurred since 2012 suggests that she has mad skeletons in her closet. I could have linked any number of articles, but this one seems particularly apropos:

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Elizabeth Warren is a serial liar and an unstable, dangerous nut who would bankrupt the United States of America, if she ever acquired the reins of power. Start with this article and look further into the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and her role in it to learn what especial brand of criminal skills Warren possesses, and why, therefore, anything and everything she blabs should be dismissed as worthless tripe.

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To Joe Giambrone I do not know how old you are or if you were around when John Kennedy was president. I was. Because he had first hand war experience, he did his best to stop war. He did not want a war with Cuba or Vietnam. The powers to be wanted full war with both of them and they assassinated Pres. Kennedy so the rich could make money from war. War Is A Racket for the super rich, it always has been and always will be!

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Well it looks as if the Mueller Report was doctored by Muellers team of Trump haters.

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Manipulating evidence is like lying under oath. It takes just one lie to call the rest into question. OR maybe we could call it obstruction by the Mueller team.

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I think asking whether any president is above the law is catastrophically bad framing and fatally misunderstands the "high crimes and misdemeanors" language in the Constitution. That language, deriving from impeachment practices in British common law, was meant to censure conduct by high officials that outrages the public's sense of justice and propriety--WHETHER OR NOT that conduct violated statutory law. The whole idea of "high" crimes and misdemeanors is that high public officials are entrusted with powers and obligations ordinary citizens--the chief objects of ordinary law--simply don't have.

Therefore, I argue in my current OEN piece that we best honor the Constitution by impeaching Trump for his BIGGEST betrayal of his obligations to US citizens and humanity: his climate policy, which deserves to be stigmatized as "climate terrorism."

For someone with a reputation as an idea person, Warren is here showing herself a conventional-minded Democratic Party hack. "Climate terrorism" is a much sounder impeachment charge both constitutionally and politically, since it hits at Republicans' worst vulnerability: their suicidal decision to be become the party of climate denial. If Democrats don't soon exploit this politically--and impeaching Trump for climate terrorism would dramatically do so--we'll ALL soon be cooked.

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Elizabeth Warren should answer: What is the underlying crime Trump was charged with for the investigation that he supposedly "obstructed"?

If She feels the Senate will find him guilty of obstructing the now questionable investigation which by the time it gets the House vote to impeach, the tables will be turned on the Phony Dossier and the Illegal way this investigation was started without any verification behind the charges for the investigation in the first place, "Putin's Puppet, etc".

Let's get this over with, Please!

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Yes, as far as the underlying charge goes, there's not much "there" there. No sane person takes the juvenile Facebook trolling seriously, so the only thing done that could really aided Trump was the DNC "hack," since it revealed Clinton and DNC wrongdoing with serious repercussions (but of course, a free responsible US press owed informed citizens a duty to report those wrongdoings). But Mueller didn't even try to prove the DNC hack, so I doubt Democrats would be able to.

So Jim's point stands: what investigation of any seriousness was Trump obstructing?

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