Judges Doubt Trump’s Claims of Wide Criminal Immunity

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(TheRedWire.com) – On Tuesday, a three-judge panel appeared skeptical over the assertion that presidential immunity should be granted to the President in all cases.

Former President Donald Trump’s legal team took a firm position in arguing that former Presidents could not face prosecution over something that had occurred during their time in office unless they had first been impeached and convicted by the Senate. They further claimed that the court needed to completely dismiss the election interference case that had been filed against Trump.

However, the three judge panel did not appear convinced by these remarks, as Trump’s lawyers maintained that if Congress did not proceed with an impeachment the prosecutors would later be barred from taking action against a former President based on the new evidence that has emerged in the case.

Trump was personally in attendance at the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals hearing, despite being less than a week away from the Iowa caucus. Still, Trump’s legal woes have so far been beneficial to him on the campaign trail where he maintains a strong lead against all other candidates.

Trump spent most of his time at the courthouse simply listening or making brief comments to his legal team.

Trump’s attorney John Sauer was asked multiple hypotheticals by the three judges, including whether the president should be shielded from prosecution if he had ordered a SEAL Team Six to kill one of his political opponents and had not ended up being impeached by Congress. Sauer argued that he should still be immune to prosecution in such cases.
He pointed out that in order for the president to be prosecuted he maintains that they would first have to be impeached and convicted.

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