No U.S. president is above the law

So now comes President Donald Trump's lawyer, John Dowd, saying that Mr. Trump “cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under (Article II of the Constitution) and has every right to express his view of any case" ("Trump lawyer: He can't be charged,” Nov. 5). Where have we heard this idea before that a president is not bound by the rule of law? Some of us folk of a certain age out here remember President Richard Nixon saying on the David Frost show, "Well, when the president does it, that means it is not illegal."

Same idea, yes? Mr. Nixon's arrogance did not keep the wheels of justice from forcing him out of office, and perhaps that is exactly the sort of outcome we will have with Mr. Trump if he keeps getting this kind of legal advice. No one is above the law. That is in American Government 101.

J. Stephen Cleghorn, Baltimore

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