Trump seems confused over true meaning of due process

By Paul Sassone

Paul Sassone

He’s not serious, is he?

He’s asserting this just to win an argument, right?

Let’s start at the start.

Two wives of White House staff secretary Rob Porter accused him of domestic violence. The first wife had photos of her with a black eye.

Porter — who denied the accusations — resigned or was fired, the White House won’t say which.

President Donald Trump commented that “People’s lives are being shattered and destroyed by mere allegation … Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?”

As I read this I wondered where does due process come into all this.

Due process is a legal term — part of the 5th and 14th amendments to the Constitution — that guarantees citizens will not be fined or arrested without the exercise of their legal rights.

As of this writing, Porter has not been charged with any crime. Due process thus does not apply in this case.

Porter has not been accused or convicted of anything in court.

He may have been convicted in the court of public opinion.

But that is not a question of law, but a question of what people believe.

There was no reason why the President could not have refused to fire Porter or accept his resignation. That was the President’s choice. He chose to let Porter go.

If all of this were too confusing for the President, we shouldn’t forget the President has the entire Justice Department to go to for advice.


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