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June 17, 2019

Swalwell Introduces Bill to Ensure that Presidents can be Held Accountable for Criminal Conduct

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Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2019 12:00 am

On May 10, House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), along with Representatives Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced the No President is Above the Law Act. The legislation would pause the statute of limitations for any federal offense committed by a sitting president, whether it was committed before or during the president’s term of office. The goal is to ensure that presidents can be held accountable for criminal conduct and not use the presidency to avoid legal consequences.

"It's a basic American value that no one - not even the President - is above the law," said Congressman Swalwell. "While I disagree with the legal opinion that says a President cannot be indicted during their term in office, Congress can step up right now and change the law to ensure any President can be held accountable for crimes. I appreciate Chairman Nadler and Congressman Deutch introducing this bill with me today so that no President can evade punishment just by running out the clock. President Trump is living proof of the urgent need to close this loophole."

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