Donald Trump vehemently criticized President Biden and cautioned about the potential chaos that could ensue if his prosecution is let to proceed. This statement was made shortly after his counsel claimed in court that he possesses complete immunity from any legal action stemming from his tenure as president.
Trump criticized the Biden administration, labeling it as a ‘threat to democracy,’ and reiterated his belief in ‘tremendous voter fraud,’ despite several court decisions that have rejected his and his supporters’ allegations.
‘It’s very unfair when a political opponent is prosecuted by the DOJ, by Biden’s DOJ. So they’re losing in every poll, losing in almost every demographic…numbers came out today that are really very mind-boggling if you happen to be Joe Biden,’ Trump remarked from a hotel in the nation’s capital.
‘And I think they feel this is the way they’re going to try and win and that’s not the way it goes. It’ll be bedlam in the country. It’s a very bad thing. It’s a very bad precedent. As we said it’s the opening of a Pandora’s Box,’ Trump stated.
Trump on Dem prosecutions against him: "I think they feel this is the way they're going to try and win and that's not the way it goes. It'll be bedlam in the country… It's a very bad precedent. It's the opening of a Pandora's Box…" 💯💯 pic.twitter.com/NNDRFIN2qN
— Just Jeff From Cali (@liberty_clarion) January 9, 2024
He was adopting a word that his lawyer John Sauer used in court, as well as one that his lawyer John Lauro devised in conjunction with Trump.
‘If we adopt what the Special Counsel wants, if we adopt what President Biden wants, then we open the Pandora’s Box to political prosecution after political prosecution after political prosecution,’ said Lauro. ‘In fact, Joe Biden could be prosecuted for trying to stop this man from becoming the next President of the United States,’ he warned.
‘It’s a very sad thing that’s happened with this whole situation. When they talk about threat to democracy that’s your threat to democracy. And I feel that as a president you have to have immunity,’ Trump opined.
Following his statements on the ‘bedlam’ term, a reporter vociferously posed a question to Trump, inquiring whether he would unequivocally denounce any form of violence. Trump departed without offering a response.
Trump subsequently asserted that Biden may face prosecution for the disorderly U.S. pullout from Afghanistan, which occurred after a postponed departure date that was arranged during the Trump administration, and then emphasized the need of immunity.
‘The lowest moment, I think, in the history of our country was Afghanistan – the way we withdrew. With shame. We surrendered. People were killed, 13 great soldiers killed…he [Biden] could be prosecuted for that. So you can’t have a president without immunity.’
Trump criticized former President Obama’s authorization of drone strikes, ‘which were bad. They were mistakes, terrible mistakes.’ Nevertheless, he asserted, ‘You really can’t put a president into that position. So I think most people understand and we feel very confident that eventually hopefully at this level, but eventually we win. A president has to have immunity.’
He was alluding to Obama’s authorization of several drone strikes aimed at Al Qaeda and other radicals in Pakistan, the African nation of Somalia, and Yemen.
Trump addressed the audience after a hearing in front of a three-judge U.S. Appeals Court at the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse in the nation’s capital.
During the court proceedings, the counsel representing Trump encountered a barrage of inquiries from the judges regarding his assertions of presidential immunity, including the possibility of use the military to eliminate a political adversary.
Trump is seeking to dismiss his criminal charges related to the events of January 6 in Washington, D.C., partially based on his assertions of immunity.
He contends that the accusations against him were within the scope of his official duties as president throughout his tenure.
During the court appeal, Judge Florence Pan posed a direct and concise question to Trump’s counsel, ‘A yes or no question. Could a president who ordered SEAL Team 6 to assassinate a political rival, who was not impeached, would he be subject to a criminal prosecution?’
John Sauer, a lawyer for Trump and former Missouri solicitor general, replied: ‘If he were impeached and convicted first.’
‘So your answer is no,’ retorted Pan.
‘My answer is qualified yes…you’d expect a speedy impeachment and conviction,’ Sauer elucidated.
In other legal news, Fani Willis, the Fulton County District Attorney, has been accused, in a surprising claim made by one of former President Donald Trump’s co-defendants, of employing a private attorney with whom she had a ‘romantic’ relationship to handle the prosecution of Trump.
The alarming allegations are outlined in a submission by Michael Roman, a former member of the Trump campaign who stands accused of involvement in the ‘fake electors’ scheme. Roman is one of 18 individuals arrested in Georgia with Trump.
Pursuant to an accessible court file, Willis had a personal relationship with personal attorney Nathan Wade. Wade was compensated over $600,000 as a special prosecutor to assist her office’s comprehensive probe into Trump’s bid to reverse the election. The court filing is seeking the termination of the charges against Wade.