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Ben Shapiro Agrees with Nancy Pelosi That Sitting Presidents Should Be Allowed to Be Indicted

By Michael Morris | September 23, 2019 | 1:13pm EDT
Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire and host of "The Ben Shapiro Show" Ben Shapiro (left) (Screenshot) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (right) (Photo by Alex Wong-Getty Images)

In a couple of tweets on his Twitter page on Friday, Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire and host of “The Ben Shapiro Show” explained why he “agree[s] with Nancy Pelosi” that a sitting president should be allowed to be indicted.

“I actually rather agree with Nancy Pelosi,” wrote Ben Shapiro in a tweet. “Impeachment has become an unused tool, and Congress continues to delegate all power to the executive branch.”

Ben Shapiro’s comments came in reference to remarks from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in “an exclusive interview with NPR.” According to NPR, Speaker Pelosi “has not changed her mind on pursuing impeachment but is ready to change the law to restrain presidential power and make it clear that a sitting president can, in fact, be indicted.”

Speaker Pelosi said the following, reported NPR:

“‘I do think that we will have to pass some laws that will have clarity for future presidents. [A] president should be indicted, if he's committed a wrongdoing — any president. There is nothing anyplace that says the president should not be indicted,’ Pelosi told All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro and NPR congressional correspondent Susan Davis on Friday. ‘That's something cooked up by the president's lawyers. That's what that is. But so that people will feel “OK, well, if he — if he does something wrong, [he] should be able to be indicted.”’”

Speaker Pelosi further suggested that “The Founders could never suspect that a president would be so abusive of the Constitution of the United States, that the separation of powers would be irrelevant to him and that he would continue, any president would continue, to withhold facts from the Congress, which are part of the constitutional right of inquiry.”

In a tweet further explaining why he “rather agree[s] with Nancy Pelosi” concerning indicting a sitting president, Ben Shapiro wrote, “Curbing the executive through prosecution shouldn’t be off the table. In fact, I argued that with regard to the Obama administration. She should be careful what she wishes for.”

Mark Levin, however, disagrees with Ben Shapiro, arguing on his nationally syndicated radio show “The Mark Levin Show” on Friday that Speaker Pelosi is wrong to suggest that a sitting president should be able to be indicted but admitting that “years ago, when I was a young man who hadn’t experienced, you know, the soberness of age and so forth, I used to say, ‘Yeah. We ought to be able to indict a sitting president,” and then I really started thinking about it.”

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