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Thu Feb 2, 2017, 01:39 PM

9. read here

http://conlaw1.blogspot.com/2008/11/could-president-be-held-in-contempt.html

"First, could a court (any court) hold the President in contempt? The answer would seem to be yes, as the Court implied in the famous Watergate tapes case, United States v. Nixon. At issue there was whether President Nixon was required to turn over the tapes which plainly revealed that he know of the Watergate break-in and was involved in its cover-up. The Court held that a federal court could order the President to turn over the tapes, and thus implicitly held that the court could hold the President in contempt if he did not. (Whether a sitting President could actually be criminally prosecuted is a different matter, and most people believe that would be unconstitutional.)

...could the House initiate impeachment proceedings on this basis? Absolutely. And the charge of failing to follow (or ignoring) binding federal law probably would not be any different than an actual contempt finding. Ultimately, "high crimes and misdemeanors" are "political crimes" -- crimes against the Republic and its political well being. If the President is defying the obligations of his office (or a majority of the House believes so), that is grounds for impeachment."

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