I have been saying for years now that Donald Trump could likely literally get away with murder. It’s honestly how this whole clusterfuck has felt since that damn inauguration day in 2017. Each and every time the man does something blatantly reprehensible — sexual assault and rape allegations, collusion, obstruction, finance violations, subpoena violations, etc. — I feel we’re inching closer and closer to the day that the man shoots someone dead between the eyes and walks away from it without so much as an eyelash batted.
Even the formal impeachment inquiry that he’s finally found himself under after his scandal involving Ukraine, I just can’t seem to get my hopes up on. I want to. I really, really want to. But things can just feel so hopeless when it comes to Donald Trump actually paying for his sins.
And now according to one of Trump’s attorneys, they seem to quite literally think that Donald would be immune from prosecution should he murder someone while president of the United States.
Trump lawyer William Consovoy asserted today in a hearing before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan that Trump is not only immune from subpoenas regarding his financial records, which are currently under investigation by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. but that his impunity spans even further than that — claiming that Donald would be exempt from prosecution should he shoot someone on Fifth Avenue.
Judge Denny Chin questioned Consovoy regarding the “Fifth Avenue example,” referring to when Trump said during his campaign that he “could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and wouldn’t lose any voters, ok? It’s, like, incredible.”
“This is not a permanent immunity,” Trump’s attorney responded.
“I’m talking about while in office,” the judge pressed, clarifying that Consovoy was indicating Trump could not be prosecuted for murder while president.
“No,” Consovoy stated.
“Nothing could be done, that’s your position,” Chin clarified once again.
“That is correct,” Trump’s attorney doubled down.
Ultimately, before the conclusion of the hearing, representatives for both sides of the argument concurred that the case is likely on it’s way to the Supreme Court. But given that Brett Kavanaugh doesn’t seem to think that the laws apply to the president, don’t get your hopes up over that.
You can listen to the audio of Consovoy’s statement during the hearing here:
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
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