Sunday, July 23, 2017

This Could Send Trump Racing For the "Pardon Button" Or Maybe the Launch Codes

Can Robert Mueller indict Donald Trump?

Ken Starr, the special counsel who tried to take down Bill Clinton, seems to think so. The New York Times using Freedom of Information access has pried a Starr memo, 56-pages of it, out of the National Archives.

The 56-page memo, locked in the National Archives for nearly two decades and obtained by The New York Times under the Freedom of Information Act, amounts to the most thorough government-commissioned analysis rejecting a generally held view that presidents are immune from prosecution while in office.

“It is proper, constitutional, and legal for a federal grand jury to indict a sitting president for serious criminal acts that are not part of, and are contrary to, the president’s official duties,” the Starr office memo concludes. “In this country, no one, even President Clinton, is above the law.”

For you legal minds out there, here's a direct link to the pdf file.


Lulymay said...

Wasn't James Comey helping Ken Starr during those 'let's get Clinton by any means' days? I'm beginning to suspect Cheeto has never heard the words - no, you can't do that - and if SCOTUS ever said them, he'd end up in a rubber room, given that he doesn't appear to listen to anyone or any thing but his inner self.

Having watched American politics in the last couple of decades descend into the quagmire it is today, one can only conclude that all that braying about being just the best, finest, and only real democracy in the world, was just a cover up for a hugely insecure country.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Mound, the memo made an interesting read. Nice to see Chretien get honourable mention. I'd forgotten that he was privately charged with throttling that protestor on Parliament Hill. Then the Crown took over and dropped the charges.