Trump’s at­tor­neys should read found­ing doc­u­ments

The Mercury News Weekend - - OPINION -

In a con­fi­den­tial let­ter on Jan. 29 to Robert Mueller, Don­ald Trump’s at­tor­neys as­sert that with ref­er­ence to Rus­sia, Trump “as the chief law en­force­ment of­fi­cer could nei­ther con­sti­tu­tion­ally nor legally con­sti­tute ob­struc­tion be­cause that would amount to him ob­struct­ing him­self and that he could if he wished, ter­mi­nate the in­quiry, or even ex­er­cise his power to par­don if he so de­sired.”

Whoa! Don­ald J. Trump is not a czar and, de­spite fo­cused ef­forts to do so, has not achieved the sta­tus of a dic­ta­tor. What­ever the demands of his of­fice and what­ever his priv­i­leges as pres­i­dent, he is sim­ply a ci­ti­zen of the United States.

The United States is a democ­racy. No pres­i­dent is above the law. Don­ald Trump’s at­tor­neys should read our found­ing doc­u­ments, es­pe­cially the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence.

It is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that the Amer­i­can peo­ple will not put up with a despot. — Ju­dith Hur­ley, San Jose

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