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Presidents can assassinate their rivals, Trump lawyers boldly suggest in DC immunity case

Posted on AllSides January 9th, 2024
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Donald Trump’s attorneys argued Tuesday that presidents can’t be convicted of a crime if not impeached first – but a panel of appellate judges seemed skeptical.

“Could a president who ordered SEAL Team 6 to assassinate a political rival (and is) not impeached, would he be subject to criminal prosecution?” asked Judge Florence Pan during a 90-minute hearing in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

“A qualified yes,” Trump lawyer John Sauer answered as the 77-year-old former president looked on. 

Sauer claimed that the framers of the Constitution created presidential immunity to avoid “politically motivated...

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