That’s effectively what the president’s lawyers are arguing: President Trump is above the law. Here’s a quote from the letter:
It remains our position that the President’s actions here, by virtue of his position as the chief law enforcement officer, could neither constitutionally nor legally constitute obstruction because that would amount to him obstructing himself, and that he could, if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon if he so desired.
The president cannot obstruct justice
That’s not why it should sound familiar, though. This is:
Here’s the scene recreated in Frost/Nixon:
This, to me, is the scariest thing to come out of the Trump campaign/White House. Scarier than “Maybe we’ll have to give that [president for life] a shot some day,” scarier than “Lock her up,” and scarier than bragging about the size of “his” nuclear button. Yeah, it’s a high bar.
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2018