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President Trump just found out that he is not above law - but he still got a reprieve

Paul Waldman


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US President Donald Trump  the autumn (Evan Vucci/AP)

US President Donald Trump the autumn (Evan Vucci/AP)

US President Donald Trump the autumn (Evan Vucci/AP)

Donald Trump has spent a lifetime believing the law does not apply to him, and since becoming president he has acted this way in secret and loudly proclaimed it in public. In two decisions issued yesterday concerning his tax returns, the US Supreme Court rejected the president's assertion that he is immune from the law's requirements - in particular, he couldn't block subpoenas from both ­ Congress and grand juries.

"In our judicial system, 'the public has a right to every man's evidence,'" wrote Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. "Since the earliest days of the Republic, 'every man' has included the president of the United States."


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