Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) said on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” Tuesday that the presidency will not “immunize” former President Donald Trump from prosecution.
Cooper asked, “You have been positioned in a unique position over the past few years as someone who understands the legal and constitutional issues swirling around the former president. If he’s making this announcement partly in the belief that it will somehow protect him from investigations or charges, is that right, do you think?”
Raskin said, “No, it’s absolutely wrong. In fact, the people who made that point most emphatically were his Senate defenders during the second impeachment trial, who said the proper way to deal with a former president who has engaged in crime is to prosecute instead of ripping him off even more. already left the office. That, of course, contradicted more than two centuries of belief that a government official need not still be in office to be impeached, tried, and convicted. But anyway, everyone agreed that he could be tried. I mean, under our constitution we have no office of a former president of the United States. A former president of the United States is simply a citizen, and the highest office in our country is that of a citizen, not president and not former president. So you have no right as president to commit murder or embezzlement or bribery or seditious conspiracy or attacks on federal proceedings or whatever. He can still be tried. I think the Justice Department has been clear on that. All that matters are the facts of the case and the law. There is a small exception where they don’t bring cases against candidates for several weeks or maybe a month before an election. But apart from that, you know, being a candidate doesn’t make you immune from prosecution.’
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