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H.R. 2678: No President is Above the Law Act

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Should a president be able to “run out the clock” on prosecution for a federal crime they committed, by remaining in the White House for long enough?


Can a sitting president be indicted and officially charged with a crime while in office? A Justice Department advisory policy first promulgated by a Republican administration in 1973, and later reaffirmed by a Democratic administration in 2000, says no.

This policy is not officially enshrined in law, but both political parties generally acknowledge and abide by it, since it’s been the ...

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Jerrold Nadler

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 10th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: May 10, 2019
Length: 2 pages
May 10, 2019

Introduced on May 10, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on May 10, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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May 10, 2019

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H.R. 2678 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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