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‘Like matches, gasoline to an arsonist’

We need new laws to deal with presidential abuse of sacred judicial procedures. This is done by presidents of both political parties, usually with an aim to make a veer toward autocracy.

Firstly, there is too much liberty granted to make endless appeals of matters in the dangerous category of high crimes and misdemeanors. Abuse of trust on the national level does not threaten the stability merely of a town or a county, but of the states and nation. Time is of the essence.

We also need a law that prohibits the use of campaign money to finance legal appeals of decisions related to crimes committed while in office. This is like encouraging people to donate matches and gasoline to an arsonist. It allows citizens who benefit mightily from democratic freedoms to participate in destroying them.

In addition, we need laws denying felons, business fraudsters and sexual predators from running for office. That is only common sense. Furthermore, we need a more exacting definition and limitation of the presidential pardon power, and in particular a law prohibiting the president from pardoning himself.

Kimball Shinkoskey

Woods Cross, Utah