According to an attorney for President Donald Trump, his client could literally shoot a person and not be charged with a crime because a sitting president has absolute immunity from indictment or prosecution for any crime.
William Consovoy, who represents Trump in a court case over the president’s tax returns, told a three-judge federal appeals court on Wednesday that if Trump shot someone on 5th Avenue in New York (which Trump bragged about in January of 2016) a president is immune from prosecution. That led U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin to retort:
“Nothing could be done? That’s your position?”
“That is correct. That is correct.”
Here is Trump’s lawyer, William Consovoy, telling Judge Denny Chin that if Trump were to shoot someone on fifth avenue, he could not be criminally investigated while in office.
Very normal argument. pic.twitter.com/xlDBwmCUnR
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) October 23, 2019
Apparently, we no longer have a president who answers to the people. Instead, we have a king who is above the law.
“I don’t know how you can indict while he’s in office. No matter what it is. If he shot James Comey, he’d be impeached the next day. Impeach him, and then you can do whatever you want to do to him.”
This latest appeal by Trump’s attorneys has to do with his tax returns, which have been subpoenaed by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.
The Department of Justice has a longstanding policy that a sitting president cannot be indicted by federal prosecutors. But that prohibition doesn’t seem to apply to charges (or subpoenas) from state courts such as the one on Manhattan. Ultimately, that decision will have to be made by a court such as the one that heard from Consovoy on Wednesday.
But for now, the policy of this White House is that Donald Trump is above the law, no matter what he does. That alone is reason enough to remove him from office.
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