Richard Nixon

Is Kavanaugh Trump's 'Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card'?

Is Kavanaugh Trump's 'Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card'?

Imagine this: In July 1974, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the president of the United States had to turn over evidence in a criminal proceeding, a decision that led, less than a month later, to that president’s resignation.

And imagine this: Three of the justices at the time, including the chief justice, had been nominated to the court by the same Republican president whose fate their votes sealed.

In a moment fraught with political consequences, the Supreme Court’s conservatives, liberals and moderates all agreed that the president had to comply with a subpoena, that he was not above the law.

Imagine that.

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