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President Donald Trump

Donald Trump has filed suit asking a federal judge to issue an injunction barring the New York County grand jury from gathering evidence as to whether he—and his accomplices—committed crimes in Manhattan.  Although the United States Supreme Court has previously ruled that federal courts should not intervene in state criminal proceedings, Mr. Trump ignores clear law that goes to the essence of our federal structure under the Constitution.

Without getting into arcane discussions of federalism, the larger point is that the substance of Mr. Trump’s argument is awe-inspiring in its threat to our institutions. This issue is not about this particular president; rather it is about the rule of law.

Mr. Trump’s argument is that he may not be prosecuted–or even investigated–while he is president, for any crime whatever. In late January 2016, then-candidate Mr. Trump famously bragged that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose any support. Applying Mr. Trump’s current legal argument to his prior braggadocio, he would make it unlawful for New York not just to prosecute him but even to gather evidence relating to his supposed Fifth Avenue shooting.

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