President Trump thinks he is above the law, Harvard professor Laurence Tribe said Sunday.Elsewhere, at The Washington Post, he wrote:
"He has shown no respect for the rule of law, regards himself as above the law," Tribe said on ABC's "This Week."
"He thinks it's appropriate to essentially have a job interview with the FBI director as we now know."
Consider, too, how Trump embroiled Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, despite Sessions’s recusal from involvement in the Russia investigation, in preparing admittedly phony justifications for the firing on which Trump had already decided. Consider how Trump used the vice president and White House staff to propagate a set of blatant untruths — before giving an interview to NBC’s Lester Holt that exposed his true motivation.Obstruction is against the law. No one is above the law, not even the president of the United States.
Trump accompanied that confession with self-serving — and manifestly false — assertions about having been assured by Comey that Trump himself was not under investigation. By Trump’s own account, he asked Comey about his investigative status even as he was conducting the equivalent of a job interview in which Comey sought to retain his position as director.
Further reporting suggests that the encounter was even more sinister, with Trump insisting that Comey pledge “loyalty” to him in order to retain his job. Publicly saying he saw nothing wrong with demanding such loyalty, the president turned to Twitter with a none-too-subtle threat that Comey would regret any decision to disseminate his version of his conversations with Trump — something that Comey has every right, and indeed a civic duty, to do.
To say that this does not in itself rise to the level of “obstruction of justice” is to empty that concept of all meaning.
Here's our current Attorney General saying that exact thing:
“The president unfortunately has a history or unilateral actions” that run afoul of the law, Mr. Toomey said. “No one is above the law, including this president. … We have a constitution, we are a democratic republic, and presidents are not kings or dictators.”Of course, the last two gentlemen were discussing presidents who also happened to be Democrats.
I wonder when they'll feel the same way about an autocratic president from their own party.
We have a constitution. We are a democratic republic. Presidents are not kings or dictators.
It's time for the Republicans in the Congress to put country before party and investigate Donald J. Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors.