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Why does the pardon of Arpaio show contempt for the rule of law?

Much of the criticism of Trump's pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has centered on the idea that this shows a disrespect for the "rule of law". For instance, John McCain said (as reported in ...
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How does Donald Trump Jr. benefit from releasing the e-mails he released?

Trump Jr. recently disclosed emails suggesting he welcomed Russian help against Clinton (see for instance here and here). To a considerable extent, this seems a damaging move to him and to much of the ...
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Can a person refuse a presidential pardon?

Michael Cohen, a former personal attorney of President Trump, in recent testimony before Congress, stated he would not accept a presidential pardon. Is this an option he has? If a pardon nullifies a ...
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Why is there no process in the United States to remove and re-elect the President?

When a European head of government has too many enemies/doubts about their history, then he or she is usually deposed by the parliament and a new head of government is elected (either by the ...
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Have any other US presidents used that tiny table?

I think by now, everyone has seen the pictures of Trump sitting at a tiny table bearing the presidential seal: I am tempted to ask many things, like who thought that would be a good idea. But my ...
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Why don't US presidents run in other elections after their term ends?

As an example, Barack Obama is quite young (15 years younger than his successor) and was extremely popular. So why doesn't he run for a seat in the Senate? This would theoretically allow him to become ...
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Why is "president for life" in China such a big deal?

"Great Leap Backward" was the title announcing the term limit removal in China. This BBC article tells us more about this: The constitution has been altered to allow Xi Jinping to remain as ...
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Could Donald Trump reverse Chelsea Manning's commutation?

As Barack Obama delivered the commutation to Chelsea Manning's 35 year sentence down to 7, would President-elect Donald Trump have the ability to reverse that when he becomes President?
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Why is it a problem for Trump Jr to have met with Russians?

My understanding is that Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer intending to get information damaging to Hillary Clinton from said lawyer. Campaigning politicians always gather damaging information about ...
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What does the POTUS do, exactly?

It seems that the main avenues available to the President of the United States (POTUS) to exercise his will are: Vetoing bills Hiring and firing top employees in federal government Appointing supreme ...
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Is there a legal way that can be used to force the President of United States undergo a mental health examination?

Important note: although I use references about the current President, my question should be regarded as a general one, not specifically related to Donald Trump. According to this article Donald ...
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How is Juan Guaido able to claim the Presidency of Venezuela without an election?

In the last few weeks, Juan Guaido, the head of the Venezuelan National Assembly, has been increasingly referring to himself as the legitimate President, as opposed to Nicholas Maduro who held dubious ...
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If a prisoner runs for President and wins, do they stay in prison while elected?

It's possible for a U.S. citizen to run for President while in prison, as with Eugene Debs. Suppose a prisoner runs and wins. Let's also suppose that the crimes in for which the prisoner is serving ...
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Can a US president have someone sent to prison?

In an interview at the White House recently, Donald Trump is quoted threatening a journalist with prison time by saying: "You can go to prison instead," Is the president of the United States ...
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Why does Joe Biden always tweet from @POTUS and not @JoeBiden?

I have noticed that ever since Joe Biden took office, he has tweeted from @POTUS. However Donald Trump, for example, tweeted primarily from his personal account, which is suspended. When @JoeBiden ...
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What is the point of the president visiting regions struck by hurricane?

The president is a busy person. What is the point of the president (currently Trump) taking time out of his busy schedule to pose for a few pictures in a city struck by disaster?
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Why didn't Trump veto H.R. 3364 since he considers it "significantly flawed" with "clearly unconstitutional provisions"?

Earlier today U.S. President Donald J. Trump signed into law H.R. 3364, the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act." Among other things, this law is known for enforcing additional ...
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Does the Constitution allow a woman to be President of the United States?

The Constitution of the United States of America frequently refers to the President using male pronouns. For instance: He shall hold his Office Not once is the president referred to with a female ...
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, why is it claimed that the US President is making a trade-off of human lives for the economy?

This question posted recently makes a lot of assumptions, including the US President is currently making a trade-off of human lives for the economy or Trump's pro-economy death-permissive ...
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Can the president of the United States be guilty of insider trading?

For almost one year now, I have closely observed developments on stock markets. I mainly focused on major indices such as the Dow Jones and DAX (I am from Germany). Both indices suffered losses during ...
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Can only rich people become president of the US?

It seems that, in practice, the US Presidency is limited to rich people. For example, elections are extremely expensive when you are trying to win and getting attention during the primaries and ...
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Why does US tend to have rather old leaders (> 60) while more and more European countries have young ones (<40)?

This questions deals with the age of presidential candidates in US. The most upvoted answer argues that: The main reason is simply that president of the US is the very top position that can be ...
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Can the FBI or the CIA keep things secret from the President?

Can the FBI or the CIA keep things secret from the President? Or does the FBI and the CIA always have to reveal the whole extent of the truth whenever the President is informed of something? Can they ...
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What was Eisenhower's warning about?

Eisenhower in his farewell address warned the American people about the United States Military Industrial Complex and its emerging power. According to Wikipedia The US spends more on the military ...
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Why is Biden's "(Putin) ...cannot remain in power" widely considered a gaffe to be walked back while previous US presidents have said similar?

Together, answers to How often a post WWII US president said publicly that the leader of another country must go? (e.g. "For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power") have listed perhaps ...
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Is there precedent or are there procedures for a US president refusing to concede to an electoral defeat?

I am wondering what would happen if an incumbent US President were to lose a presidential election, but refuse to accept the result and to concede defeat (even after any legitimate challenges and ...
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How often a post WWII US president said publicly that the leader of another country must go? (e.g. "For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power")

US President Biden concluded his March 27, 2022 speech in Poland with the words For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power. (e.g. CBS News's video Biden says Putin "cannot remain in power&...
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Can the current President of the United States block the transfer of their office to the next elected president?

As indicated by commentary in the news, a considerable amount of people seem concerned about who wins the U.S. Presidential election. For this reason we have for example articles like this Op-Ed in LA ...
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What could the US federal government do to reform the police?

There is a widespread belief that policing in the USA suffers from systemic racism. Let us suppose that Joe Biden gets elected President and decides that this is a priority. Let us also suppose that ...
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Why do presidential pardons exist in a country having a clear separation of powers?

This answer provides some insight into a way for a President to pardon someone with virtually no consequences: (..) in reality, presidents often wait until his final days/hours to grant the most ...
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Isn't any conversation with the US president quid-pro-quo?

One of the big deals right now is the question of whether there was quid-pro-quo in the July 25 phone call between president Trump and Zelinsky. Isn't every conversation with the US president a ...
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What officially disallows US presidents from driving?

Why can’t the US president drive, officially? Or is it not official? What steps could be taken to allow this action.
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How powerful is the Brazilian presidency?

In the Brazilian general election, 2018, Jair Bolsonaro was elected president. Bolsonaro's views are controversial (this is an understatement), and some have declared fears that Brazil's democracy ...
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Has a POTUS ever been called for jury duty?

Has a POTUS ever been called for jury duty? It's everyone's civic duty after all, right?
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Could the US military legally refuse to follow a legal, but unethical order?

For example, if the president ordered the military to launch nukes to attack a country that poses no real threat, assuming its legal, can the military refuse to follow through on it on the grounds ...
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Why, in the US, are politicians tried by other politicians?

If I understand correctly, in the United States, charges are currently being brought against President Trump on the suspicion of enlisting the assistance of foreign governments with re-election, in a ...
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What is the point in delaying the signing of legislation that the President supports?

Once a president has already decided that they are going to sign legislation, why not do it immediately? For example, on Wednesday, March 10, the House of Representatives voted to pass the American ...
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Why would the President not just fire the Attorney General?

According to several newspapers, e.g. this article, or even the (now former) Attorney General's resignation letter, President Trump asked Jeff Sessions to resign. Similar things are also shown in TV ...
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If one party controls the house and 2/3 of the senate, what's to stop them taking the presidency?

From my understanding (Wikipedia), the House of Representatives can impeach the president with a simple majority. The Senate can then convict the president with a supermajority (2/3 of the Senate). ...
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Is there a legal way for US presidents to extend their terms beyond two terms of four years?

If I remember correctly in one Episode of Stargate SG-1, the president of the United States declares some state of national emergency (world was attacked by aliens) and was able to suspend elections, ...
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Can the President be impeached twice?

If an impeached President (but not one removed from office) is elected for a second term, can they be impeached again during their second term if the House decides they committed new impeachable ...
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Can the Speaker of the House of Representatives disinvite the President to the State of the Union address?

Can the Speaker of the US House of Representatives legally rescind an invitation to the President to the State of the Union address? If the speaker merely postpones, is this a valid workaround if it ...
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Why do presidents receive a pension after their term of office?

When the president ends their term of office in several countries, they receive a pension for life. Why is this? (One guess I have is that it could possibly be to secure their future so their ...
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What if the US President is presumed dead, the line of succession kicks in, but it turns out the original President was actually alive?

Suppose Donald Trump was somehow incorrectly presumed dead. Pence takes the oath and becomes President, and sometime after that it is discovered that Trump is actually alive. Does Trump get the ...
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Could Snowden (in theory) be pardoned by the US president?

The German Tagesschau writes* that Snowden was not among those pardoned by Obama, contrary to prior speculations. As far as I am aware, pardoning means to reduce a sentence. However, I thought that ...
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Seal in the "Office of the Former President"

In my country of origin national symbols (like the flag, coat of arms etc...) are protected by law, that is, nobody can use them without permission — for instance, one cannot print a tshirt or a mug ...
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Why do Americans consider Biden to be too old for president, but not Trump?

A number of polls show that Americans by and large consider Joe Biden to be too old to be president. For example, an Associated Press poll asked Do you think each of the following is too old to ...
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Why have US Presidents not been given the power of line item vetoes?

I have often wondered why there are so many bills that are massive and incredibly complex passed through the Legislative branch. Why are bills stacked together and mashed up with a variety sections ...
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What checks exist against overuse of presidential pardons in the USA?

In some countries, the head of state can pardon anyone for alleged crimes. For example, in Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler pardoned murderers of communists and Soviet prisoners of war, in those cases in ...
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Can Congress end the government shutdown without the President's agreement? [duplicate]

Negotiations over the current US government shutdown have, as far as I've heard, mainly been between the President and Congressional Democrats. So far, Republicans in Congress seem to be siding with ...
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