Immune For All The Wrong Reasons
Lawyer Stephen Humphreys examines the legal cases that Donald Trump is relying on in his quest for Presidential immunity from prosecution
Donald Trump is his own worst enemy in his quest for Presidential immunity from criminal prosecution. To convert his campaign boast that he could get away with shooting someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue into a legal argument about whether he could order the elite US military special operations unit SEAL Team 6 to murder political opponents, Trump relies on two of the US Supreme Court’s most sordid precedents.
One of the cases from the 1970s evokes a darker chapter in American history, condoning involuntary surgery to achieve genetic purity. Another invokes as a model for effective government the Watergate cast of characters who ended up pardoned or imprisoned for their recognized crimes, including the president.