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What procedures are in place in the US for when multiple people in the line of succession are in the same place at the same time?

What are the governmental procedures in the United States for important people (people in the chain of succession to the presidency) staying in the same place? Who can and who cannot fly together, etc....
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Does murdering the President of the United States differ, as a crime, from regular murder?

So, the prospect of siccing a semper tyrannis on the current POTUS has been discussed for the past quarter millennium or so. This has left me wondering, what sort of laws are there against murdering, ...
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How many indictments before imprisonment? [closed]

Donald Trump, ex-president of U.S.A., has many indictments on him, but yet he is still roaming as a free citizen. Questions: How many indictments does it take for Donald Trump to be imprisoned? Can ...
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Hypothetical POTUS divorce

If the spouse of the President of the United States filed for divorce, would the President have any claim of immunity from any litigation that followed (e.g. the division of assets in the matrimonial ...
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What exactly is the DoJ doctrine on legal cases involving election candidates in close proximity to elections?

According to a Dutch article from Flemish public broadcasting (https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/nl/2023/06/14/speedy-trial-of-niet-waarom-ex-president-trump-er-alle-belang/) Trump's attorneys are likely to ...
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Could a trial be held against a sitting President?

During the Mueller investigation, it came out that the Justice Department has a policy against indicting a sitting President, so nothing he found would result in bringing charges against Trump. ...
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What if a previous US President was found ineligible to be President?

Purely a hypothetical question: What if a previous US President was found ineligible to be President? Lets say we found Obama's "real" birth certificate and he was not born in the US. What ...
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How is Biden’s lawyers turning the documents over not a material breach of client-attorney confidentiality and a violation of the 5th, 6th Amendments?

If a client confessed to plans, in-going activity or intent to commit a crime, an attorney may disengage. I would argue imposing a duty on an attorney to disclose their reasons if it requires court ...
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Did Trump just confess to a crime?

This article quotes trump as saying I also fixed his campaign, which had completely fallen apart. I was all in for Ron, and he beat Gillum, but after the Race, when votes were being stolen by the ...
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Would it actually be bribery for Congress to "bribe" the President?

Congress could "bribe" the President to sign a bill by including a Presidential pay raise in it, although the raise would not take effect until after an election (i.e. only works in the ...
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Could Congress "bribe" the President to sign a bill by including a presidential pay raise?

If Congress wanted to pass a law that they expected the President to be reluctant to sign, could they legally "bribe" the President to sign the bill by including a Presidential pay raise in ...
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Could state legislatures override a statewide presidential election that had already taken place?

If the majority of a state's citizens voted for a particular Presidential candidate, could the state legislature override the people's decision after the statewide election?
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Which provision of the law allows the President to discharge student debt?

President Biden recently announced that student debt will be forgiven for some groups of Americans but I couldn't figure out which provision of the law allows Biden to do this without a bill passed by ...
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Execution via pardon

Let’s say in this hypothetical scenario the president of the United States tweets something like “don’t be surprised if I pardon anyone that puts to death repeat heroin and fentanyl dealers dealing in ...
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Is there any restriction as to how states choose presidential electors?

If I understand correctly, state legislatures are empowered to select electors, but all of them have chosen to allow a popular vote. How much discretion do they have in choosing methods for selecting ...
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Can the POTUS sign Executive Orders if he/she is medically sick, such as having COVID-19?

It was announced today that President Biden has the COVID-19 virus and he is now receiving medical care for it. Common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or ...
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Presidential line of succession and age

According to the US Constitution, the minimum age for the offices of the President and Vice President is 35 years old. The minimum age to be in the House of Representatives is 25 years old. If both ...
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Can a President be impeached for actions before he was elected?

Suppose Trump is reelected in 2024, but the Democrats maintain/regain (depending on the outcome of the elections this year) control of the House and Senate. Could Congress impeach Trump for his ...
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Could a President choose to give an existing SCOTUS Justice two votes when he would ordinarily appoint another justice?

Could a President actually give a current Supreme Court Justice two votes when another justice died or resigned, as described in this Babylon Bee article, except with the consent of the Senate (that ...
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If an investigation found that Trump actually won in 2020, would he become President again?

Note: By asking this question, I am not expressing, nor asking others to express, any viewpoint on who won in 2020. I'm asking about the legal consequences of a hypothetical scenario. Suppose some new ...
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Can the enactment of the 25th Amendment delay a U.S. President from launching nuclear missiles?

I am wondering that if a U.S. President is intent on launching nuclear missiles against a foreign enemy of the United States, and he/she has verbally informed the Vice President and his/her Cabinet ...
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Has trump announced his candidacy for president in 2024?

I was considering asking this on politics, so feel free to migrate if it seems better suited there. However to me it seems like a point of law. Not being American, I am only aware that there are ...
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What happens if no one gets 270 electoral votes in the U.S. presidential election and the Congress fails to elect a president and vice president?

This link explains how the House of Representatives elects the president and vice president if nobody gets at least 270 electoral votes in the election. But what happens if the Congress fails to elect ...
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Why was coronavirus travel ban implemented by a presidential proclamation rather than an executive order?

On March 11, 2020, President Trump issued a proclamation that suspended entry to the United States from most of Europe. After a series of amendments by both administrations, also in the form of ...
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Why has there not been a SCOTUS interpretation of this?

While reading the constitution I came across this: “No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to ...
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Presidential duties in office

Is a U.S. President a fiduciary in the same sense a trustee or bank officer is a fiduciary? Does a U.S. President have a duty to apply critical thinking to his public acts and statements? By critical ...
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Would a U.S. President's Executive Orders be nullified if he/she is removed from office via the 25th Amendment?

I am curious to know if the Executive Orders of a U.S. President would be nullified if he/she is removed from the Office of the Presidency via the 25th Amendment, especially if it is proven that he/...
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Does the U.S. Constitution place any limitations on how long a U.S. President can be on vacation?

I am curious to know if the U.S. Constitution places any limitations on how long a U.S. President can be on vacation.
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Does the unitary executive allow the President of the United States to suspend the law at his discretion for purposes of national security?

The attacks of 9/11 greatly increased presidential discretion, which led to some infringements on individual rights and threats to the rule of law. One example is the U.S. government legalizing ...
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Did the US presidential motorcade contravene UK traffic regulations?

Recently, US President Joe Biden attended the G7 summit in the UK. Various videos (e.g. here) show his motorcade. As might be expected, many of the vehicles are fitted with (and using) the red and ...
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Is the President at the top of all organ waiting lists?

In the United States, people can often wait for years on organ lists before receiving the organ they need. Does the President automatically move to the top of these lists, should they find themselves ...
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Could a US president be advance pardoned from the result of a senate trial following impeachment?

Non-American here, trying to puzzle things out. If I understand correctly, a US president can grant pardons, but only for federal crimes. If I understand correctly, impeachment is a political act, and ...
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Timing of the death of a president-elect

Section 3 of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States begins with this: If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President, the President elect shall have died, ...
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How would jury selection work for a trial of Donald Trump?

There are rumors of investigations into President Donald Trump that could potentially result in criminal charges after he leaves office. If this were to happen, how could a jury be selected in order ...
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Is the US Constitution binding for the US President?

I understand that the President of the United States has some immunity against the law. This makes sense to protect the president from interference and allows for flexibility. To a European cursory ...
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Emoluments case

It's my understanding that the Trump Administration is or was facing two emoluments related cases. The first regarded a hotel and the case was dismissed. The second was brought by 198 members of ...
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Is there any way a US president could be voted in by popular vote more than two terms?

If everybody was to vote on their ballot for a United States president who had already served two terms and won the election what would happen?
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Confirming a new vice-president

Whenever the Office of President of the United States becomes vacant, whether by resignation, impeachment, ill health, whatever, the reason is immaterial. Naturally, the Vice President takes over ...
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Can President of the United States pardon himself if convicted of treason or some other wrong doing?

I wanted to know whether the POTUS could pardon himself if he/she is criminally charged with treason or some other wrong doing.
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Could a president sue a person for defamation during their time in office?

In this hypothetical (unless it's happened in the past), a prominent citizen or news agency makes statements about the president, or his decisions or policies, that are knowingly inaccurate or false ...
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