Donald Trump’s attorney John Sauer had a tough time during the oral arguments in DC Circuit Court of Appeals. The attorney was there on Tuesday after Judge Tanya Chutkan denied to dismiss two motions. These dismissals were requested based on First Amendment and presidential immunity claims.
John Sauer made a claim that in certain circumstances the President can ask a Seal Team Six to assassinate a political rival. He even shared an argument saying that the President would not face prosecution in this situation. This exchange happened during an appeal hearing of Trump’s claim to presidential immunity.
Mediaite reports that this appeal was heard by a panel of three judges. It included Judge J. Michelle Childs, Judge Florence Pan, and Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson. Judge Childs was nominated in January 2022 and confirmed in July of the same year while Judge Pan was nominated in May 2022 and confirmed in September of the same year. Judge Henderson was appointed in 1990 by the then-President George H.W. Bush.
John made an argument that the former president can face prosecution only if he was impeached and convicted first. The arguments made by Trump’s attorney were not satisfactory enough to give him a presidential immunity. Notably, Trump has been under a lot of trouble for the situations around him. These all are a part of the time when he was in the office. There are two cases handled by Jack Smith for which the former president has to be present in the courtroom later this year.
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