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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 White House’s official position across both parties for 46 years and counting.

A president can, however, be charged with a crime and potentially even sent to jail after they leave office. The most likely possibility of this was Richard ...

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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
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Ordered Reported on Jul 23, 2020

The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on July 23, 2020.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


May 10, 2019

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Jul 23, 2020
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H.R. 2678 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 2678. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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