Presidential Powers Interactions








Which of the following is a power granted to the President under the Constitution:
Choice 1 The power to declare war
Choice 2 The power to borrow money from other nations.
Choice 3 The power to enter into treaties with other nations.
Choice 4 The power to fire members if Congress for cause.
One main difference between a treaty and an executive agreement is that:
Choice 1 Federal law always takes priority over an executive agreement but not over a treaty.
Choice 2 An executive agreement is inferior to the Constitution while a treaty is not.
Choice 3 An executive agreement requires senate approval while a treaty does not.
Choice 4 An executive agreement does not trump state law but a treaty does.
While in office the President is protected from suit in which of the following ways:
Choice 1 A suit cannot be brought against a sitting President.
Choice 2 A suit can only be brought against a sitting President if the suit names other Defendants who are not immune.
Choice 3 A suit can only be brought against the President if it involves activities not directly relate to carrying out the office of the Presidency.
Choice 4 The President has no immunity from suit and is in no way provided special treatment by the judicial branch.

One of the President’s childhood friends is involved in an ugly civil suit involving fraud. The jury finds against the President’s friend and awards the plaintiff in the case $2.5 million. Wanting to help his old chum, the President immediately calls the federal judge who heard the case and says “I’m calling to tell you that I want to pardon Charlie Diaz. He’s a good man and shouldn’t have to pay out that much money.” What is the result?
Choice 1 Diaz is effectively pardoned and need not pay the damages awarded by the jury.
Choice 2 Diaz is effectively pardoned but the judge in the case is free to set a lower amount of damages.
Choice 3 Diaz is not pardoned because this is matter for the judiciary, not the executive, to decide.
Choice 4 Diaz is not pardoned because the President has no power to grant pardons in civil cases.
Following the jury’s adverse finding, Charlie Diaz paid the plaintiff the $2.5 million and has been broke ever since. He has resorted to a life of crime, and was recently seen wearing a Santa Clause outfit and stuffing smoked salmon in his pockets at the holiday party thrown by his previous employer. He is arrested for violating Massahampshire General Statute §8-675.309, possession of an unregistered handgun. He is found guilty and is thrown into the state prison. When the President hears of old Chuck’s most recent legal woes he calls the Massahampshire Governor and says “I’m pardoning Chuck. He should have to spend another night in prison. He’s no criminal.” What is the result?
Choice 1 Diaz is effectively pardoned from liability from this criminal offense.
Choice 2 Diaz is not effectively pardoned from liability for this criminal offense.

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