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Commentary: Trump's great power has its limits

Our 18th century Constitution causes confusion in the 21st by granting the president great power but also demanding great accountability. Donald Trump's defenders believe his authority forges an impenetrable shield that deflects criminal charges. His critics find wrongdoing in every presidential action, order or tweet, especially on law enforcement. Both camps are mistaken.

The framers established an executive more formidable than many 18th century monarchs. As James Madison observed, the president enjoys "the power of appointing, overseeing and controlling those who execute the laws." President Trump controls the Department of Justice, including the special

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