President above the Law?

Yesterday was a big day in political news. Today, the convictions of Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort are rippling through our government and our politics. CNN reports that Congressional Democrats have called for a halt to President Trump’s nomination of Brent Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court stating that it is inappropriate to be confirming a Supreme Court justice that may have a conflict of interest in ruling on the president who nominated him. The rot has spread to include rumblings of articles of impeachment and resignation. Nevertheless, the events of yesterday and its repercussions could seriously imperil the agenda of the President for the remainder of his term.

What has sparked my interest the most has been the question of whether or not a sitting president can be charged for a crime. According to this Washington Post article, the sitting president cannot be charged with a crime. However, he or she can be charged with one after leaving the office of President. The theory goes that the only action that can be taken against a President is impeachment. In our nation, where we are all taught to believe in grade school that no one in the country is above the law, we now find ourselves face to face with someone who is, for at least a time, and it is the person that holds the highest office in the land. What do you think?

David Karaffa

I am a Christian, husband, father (of 7!) and registered nurse. My experience in public office and passion for our country are what drive me. Thank you for your support as we move toward restoring the White House to its intended role, service to the American people rather than a political party.


  1. Millie on August 23, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    It would seem the law of the land dictates impeachment as a way to hand out justice to those who are so high that the normal modes are ineffective… so in a sense isn’t impeachment part of the law as well? Therefore should be acted upon if it is the appropriate action needed.

    • David Karaffa on August 23, 2018 at 6:13 pm

      I agree that impeachment is part of the law and justice for the breaking of our laws. We shall see what the Congress deems “appropriate action.” Thanks for the comment.

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