The perfectly valid presidential-immunity murder hypothetical

The “presidential-immunity murder hypothetical” refers to a hypothetical scenario often discussed in legal and political forums which asks whether a sitting U.S president can be charged with a crime (like murder) while in office. The debate originates from a conflicting interpretation of the U.S constitution.

The Constitution’s Article II, Section 2, Clause 1 designates the president with the “power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.” Some interpret this to mean the president possesses absolute immunity from criminal prosecution while in office, even for something as serious as murder. On the other hand, many believe no one, not even the president, is above the law and therefore can still be prosecuted for crimes.


However, it’s important to note that this is indeed a hypothetical scenario and not based on any current or historical events.

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