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Trump says he wants “total immunity” for the US president

Trump says he wants “total immunity” for the US president

Donald Trump on Thursday called for “complete immunity” for the President of the United States, while an appeals court in Washington considers his request for immunity from criminal charges accusing him of trying to illegally reverse the results of the 2020 election.

“The President of the United States must enjoy complete immunity, without which he cannot properly exercise his duties,” this “even for facts that cross the red line,” the former Republican president declared in a capitalized message on his Social Truth platform.

After being tried in four criminal cases, the front-runner in the Republican primary for November's presidential election is seeking, through multiple appeals, to have his trials postponed as long as possible, in any case after the election.

In December, the judge presiding over the trial proceedings on charges of trying to illegally overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election rejected his request for immunity, arguing that there was no provision protecting the former president from criminal prosecution.

Donald Trump appealed the ruling, and his lawyer John Sawyer told the justices in early January that “allowing the president to be tried for his official actions would open a Pandora’s box from which this country may never recover.”

In response to one of the judges, Florence Bane, who asked him whether sending special forces to assassinate a political opponent or selling a presidential pardon fell under these official acts, John Sawyer answered in the affirmative.

The three judges on the Washington Court of Appeals expressed doubts about this immunity request.

If a decision is issued against him, Donald Trump can appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States.

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“God bless the Supreme Court,” the former president said in his Thursday post on Truth Social, expressing hope for an “easy decision” on the issue of presidential immunity.

The billionaire also compared the presidential office to that of a police officer.

“You can't stop the police from doing their crime prevention job robustly and effectively because sometimes you want to avoid having a 'rogue cop' or a 'black sheep'. Sometimes you have to be able to be satisfied with the 'excellent but a bit imperfect'.” »

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