Trump’s Lawyers Push Eyebrow Raising Argument In Court

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( – On Tuesday, former President Donald Trump’s legal team suggested that presidential immunity covers everything, including the President directing SEAL Team Six to kill a political opponent.

Trump attorney John Sauer was asked a hypothetical question over whether the President would be barred from being prosecuted for the assassination of one of their political rivals, to which he replied with a “qualified yes.” This means that the former President would have complete immunity from prosecution on such a matter.

The hearing was reviewing a motion filed by Trump’s legal team as they are arguing that the federal election interference case against him needs to be dismissed. Sauer in his argument has claimed that the only way Presidents can face criminal prosecution is if they have been previously tried and convicted by the U.S. Senate. In Trump’s case, Sauer argued that he needed to have been “impeached and convicted” for the case to stand.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel has heavily pushed back against these claims. Special Counsel Jack Smith’s team, which has brought forward the case against Trump also opposed these claims.

Biden-appointed Judge Michelle Childs argued that under the framework provided by Trump’s attorneys, a president would be capable of resigning in order to avoid facing impeachment and thus any further prosecution.

Smith’s office lawyer James Pearce also countered this notion by stating that mechanisms for holding the president accountable for criminal action would need to be weakened. He specifically brought up the example of a potential political assassination and questioned how that would not be considered a crime.

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