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Letter: No president is above the law

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Letter to the editor

Deseret News

On Jan. 20, 2016, Donald Trump took the oath of office as president. He has been violating the Constitution ever since. With real estate holdings underwritten from the Chinese government, and tax records relating to his business interests, Congress has issued several subpoenas just to be ignored by Trump and his enablers on Capitol Hill. Ignoring it is effectively violating rule of law.

He has facilitated a war against civilians and sent troops to Saudi Arabia without a congressional declaration of war. He obstructed an investigation of himself but escaped prosecution because of the intercession of an attorney general more loyal to him than to the U.S. Constitution.

Congress and the courts are completely ignored. People wonder rightly if the president is ever going to be held accountable. Not even the president is above the law. Every provision of the Constitution that is disregarded and disobeyed without consequence places the lasting protection of our rights and liberties at risk.

Article II of the Constitution does not make this or any president a king. And congressional subpoenas are not mere requests or invitations. When they are refused, that branch of government designed to interpret and apply the law is the courts, as set out in Article III to enforce them.

If in the future Congress wants its constitutional powers to be taken seriously, then take Trump to court. Ask the courts to act expeditiously — anything less weakens Congress as an institution, and sets a horrific precedent.

Timothy Brogan

Salt Lake City