Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Levin: DOJ Can't Indict Trump
(Daily Wire) In his Monday radio program, Levin cited a DOJ memorandum from 2000 affirming the department's position in 1973 that the Constitution does not allow the president to be criminally indicted. In 1973, the Office of Legal Counsel issued a memorandum stating that indictment proceedings would "unduly interfere in a direct or formal sense with the conduct of the Presidency," as criminal proceedings would severely handicap the president from performing his "onerous" and "unique" duties under the Constitution, thereby short-circuiting the entire executive branch.
"A criminal proceeding against the president is in some respects necessarily political in a way that criminal proceedings against other civil officers would not be," Levin read from the memorandum. "In this respect, it would be incongruous for a jury of only 12 to undertake the unavoidably political task of rendering judgment in a criminal proceeding against a sitting president.
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