Donald Trump, Twitter and Presidential Power to Interpret the Law for the Executive Branch

From Jim Baker, Donald Trump, Twitter and Presidential Power to Interpret the Law for the Executive Branch, Lawfare, Aug. 24, 2018: “So, what to make of the president’s tweet that he does not think that what Michael Cohen did was a crime? Is that a legal determination by the president that is binding on the executive branch, including the U.S. attorney’s office? Are government attorneys now precluded from prosecuting anyone else who might have been involved in this conduct, including the president himself? Is the FBI precluded from even investigating something that the president says is not a crime? Does the U.S. attorney’s office have to move to allow Cohen to withdraw his guilty plea and have the court dismiss the information? … Or will everyone in the Department of Justice simply ignore the president’s tweet?”

H/T beSpacific. — Joe

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