Donald Trump has long been a man with a target on his back, which is very much nothing new for successful people – particularly in America.
Trump was not only a rather powerful New York City business mogul, but a reality television start to boot, all before ascending to the highest office in the land.
And now that he’s out of office, (perhaps only briefly), there are plenty of lawyers foaming at the mouth to get a bite of him.
Trump isn’t planning on making that easy for them.
Former President Donald Trump is claiming “absolute immunity” in all civil suits pertaining to the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.
Trump’s preliminary statement to the court has been released, in which the former president’s legal team dismisses the possibility of civil suits against Trump entirely, citing presidential immunity.
“This appeal requires the adjudication of a simple but important constitutional issue regarding the separation of powers: whether the scope of the presidential absolute immunity continues to reach the outer perimeters of presidential responsibilities or whether the immunity can be undercut if the presidential act in question is unpopular among the judiciary,” the statement read.
Trump’s legal team continued, “This question has already been answered by the Supreme Court, which held that the immunity is rooted in constitutional separation of powers, and it is especially important to the President because he deals with matters that are controversial and arouse intense feelings.”
The move could set a rather powerful precedent going forward, as Trump continues to see new legal threats popping up just about every week.