In a federal appeal’s court hearing, one of Trump’s lawyers, William Consovoy, argued that authorities can not charge a sitting president with any crime, including murdering someone in the middle of 5th Ave, NYC. .
Consovoy made the statement while arguing against “Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, who has subpoenaed Trump’s tax returns.”
Trump is fighting the subpoena on the grounds that as president, he has absolute immunity from criminal indictment or investigation. His attorney said that would block Trump from being arrested and charged even if he followed through on his campaign trail claim: “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and wouldn’t lose any voters, okay?”
Attorney William Consovoy argued that New York authorities would have to wait until the president was out of office to arrest and charge him for that crime. The DA’s office argued the claim was a fabrication.
“Once a president is removed from office, any local authority” could prosecute him, Consovoy told a panel of three judges from the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals. “This is not a permanent immunity.”