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Checks and Balances

RECEIVED Wed., July 11, 2018

Dear Editor,
    Can the president pardon himself or others, to free himself from criminal investigation? Can the president be compelled to testify before a grand jury? Can a sitting president be criminally indicted for obstructing justice? What is the legal consequence for Trump's violations of the Emoluments Clause? These are some of the crucial questions that the next Supreme Court justice may decide. The man whose legal and political jeopardy is at stake should not be the one to select that justice. 
    America is great because we are a nation of laws, not a vassal of organized crime. Even Republicans who support the president's most questionable policies ought to agree that law and order require postponing confirmation of the next justice until after the midterm elections, when the will of the people can guide their representative senators. [See "Point Austin: The Wages of Civility," June 29.] 
    Presidential power must be checked now, to prevent our democracy from becoming his autocracy.
Bruce Joffe

Who're These Ruckus-Raisers?

RECEIVED Mon., July 9, 2018

Dear Editor,
    Who are these guys with all this money raising a ruckus about [how] we need to vote on CodeNEXT? ["CodeNEXT Petition Hearing Awaits Ruling," July 2.] Austin is growing fast and has not updated its building codes in decades. How that growth is managed needs to [be] addressed. This is a convoluted issue; that's why we elected representatives to hash out the details. I seriously doubt most Austinites are going to examine the myriad aspects involved and come to a compromise in the voting booth. What agenda are these "we gotta vote" folks pushing? I'm tired of them acting like there is a popular uprising against CodeNEXT.
Jay Askey
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