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Old 05-13-2018, 07:43 AM
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The President probably couldn't legally be prosecuted under federal law while in office, because all federal prosecution is done under the President's delegated authority, so he'd effectively be prosecuting himself. But that's not likely to ever be put to the test, because even if he were, he could just pardon himself. The proper recourse for a President violating federal law is impeachment.

On the other hand, I know of no barrier to the President being prosecuted for violating state laws (which are, after all, where most crimes in the US fall), unless the individual state has provisions of some sort against it. This would also rule out the possibility of the Secret Service agents being themselves the prison guards, since in such a case the prison guards would be under state authority, not federal.