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S. 1756 (116th): 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 ...

Sponsor and status

Richard Blumenthal

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Connecticut. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jun 10, 2019
Length: 2 pages
Jun 10, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on June 10, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.



Jun 10, 2019

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S. 1756 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1756. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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