Q: Is there any realistic scenario where the president and/or their cabinet can be adequately prosecuted for crimes?

To my understanding, Congress and the FBI are merely fact finding and while attorney generals can prosecute, sitting presidents or vice-presidents who may replace them if impeached, can simply pardon or grant clemency.

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Ali Shahrestani, Esq.

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A: See: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/democracy-post/wp/2018/08/29/yes-its-possible-to-indict-a-sitting-u-s-president-heres-why/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.0aa521a59207

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Tim Akpinar

  • Appeals & Appellate Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: Look up Albert B. Fall, Secretary of the Interior under President Warren G. Harding.

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