NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Donald Trump, a former president, is claiming “total immunity” in all civil lawsuits involving the disturbances on the Capitol grounds on January 6.
Trump’s legal team completely rules out the potential of civil lawsuits against the former president in his preliminary submission to the court, citing presidential immunity.
“This appeal requires the resolution of a simple but crucial constitutional question regarding the separation of powers: whether the scope of the presidential absolute immunity continues to reach the outer boundaries of presidential duties or whether the immunity can be undermined if the in question presidential act is unpopular with the judiciary,” the statement read.
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“This question has already been addressed by the Supreme Court, which held that the immunity is rooted in constitutional separation of powers, and it is particularly important to the President because he deals with issues that are contentious and arouse strong emotions,” Trump’s legal team continued.
According to reports, the Department of Justice is looking at Trump’s letters and activities as part of its investigation into his inner circle’s suspected attempts to rig the 2020 election.
Trump asserted in his opening address that judicial review of “executive function” would set a bad precedent going forward and allow the three arms of government to meddle and interfere with one another on ideological grounds.
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Trump’s statement adds, “In an increasingly divisive political atmosphere, it is vital that the judiciary define clear boundaries regarding overstepping into the regulation of executive function. “Many Americans, including members of the bench and bar, are enraged by the underlying factual dispute surrounding the violence on January 6, 2021, in the Capitol.”
As a result, it is crucial to prevent the judicial branch from opining on the President of the United States’ political declarations and speeches, the statement says.