US President Donald Trump speaks to the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, US, before his departure to New York, November 2, 2019 [Yuri Gripas/Reuters]
Trump believes he is above the law.
Is he? How can he make that claim? Will it stand?
One of the absolute fundamentals of American democracy, carved in stone above the entrance to the Supreme Court is “Equal justice under law.” One of the absolute fundamentals of the very idea of liberal democracy, inscribed in the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is “All are equal before the law.”
At the moment, however, it appears that Trump’s claim is the official and prevailing legal opinion in the US. It is the opinion of