Things aren’t looking good for the failing Donald Trump as he continues to lock horns with the justice system. As if ballot exclusions in Maine and Colorado weren’t enough, Trump is also facing a civil fraud trial in New York. But none of this is deterring the Trump team: in fact, they’re trying to turn it to their advantage. Trump’s lead lawyer John Sauer made a truly unhinged argument at yesterday’s hearing, and the implications of it are pretty insane.
One of the judges asked Sauer, whether a president who wasn’t impeached and “ordered SEAL Team 6 to assassinate a political rival” would be subject to criminal prosecution. Sauer’s answer was surprising, but not unexpected for a Trump lawyer. “If he were impeached and convicted first,” he replied, “there is a political process that would have to occur.”
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Now I know what you’re thinking: what? Is that true? Well, if the Trump trials have taught us anything, it’s that there are loopholes upon loopholes upon loopholes that thoroughly unscrupulous individuals can use to their advantage when it comes to the legal system and the unique character of the presidential office. So yes, technically this could come to pass. But Sauer’s argument—that a former president, even an impeached one, can and should have immunity—veers dangerously close to Trump’s own belief that he could “shoot someone” in the middle of 5th avenue and get away with it.
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This line of argument also sets up a dangerous, if potentially hilarious precedent. Because what’s true for Trump could also be true for Biden…
I mean honestly…it wouldn’t be the wackiest thing that’s happened in our great Democracy.
It’s basically a wrestling match at this point.
Grab your popcorn and a strap on, it’s gonna be a bumpy election season.
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