(TheRedWire.com) – On Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), in an interview on CBS News’s “Face the Nation,” backtracked slightly on his earlier position regarding former President Donald Trump’s involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol attack and suggested that Trump’s presidential immunity claim in many of his legal cases could be “legitimate.”
During the interview, Graham was asked whether he continued to stand by his 2021 statement where he had argued that Trump might face prosecution and that even the conduct of the President was “subject to the law of the land.” In response, Graham argued that it depends on the specifics of the conduct. The statement had been made following Graham’s vote in the second impeachment trial to acquit Trump following the Capitol attack.
Graham proceeded to say that on January 6th, he was still the U.S. President and was attempting to determine whether the election was “on the up and up.” He added that while he did not know how Trump’s immunity claim would end up playing out, it was a “legitimate claim.”
Throughout 2023, Trump was indicted four times; two of the cases against him are federal, while he also faces two state cases, one in New York and one in Georgia. The federal case in Washington, D.C., and the state case in Georgia relate to his attempts to remain in power after losing the 2020 presidential election.
Trump’s legal team has argued that at the time, Trump was acting in his capacity as the U.S. president, which would make him immune from prosecution. However, others have fought back against this claim, arguing that his statements before the attack had been made in his capacity as a presidential candidate and not the president.
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