Florida Republican Matt Gaetz has put out a plan to “immunize” former President Donald Trump from legal action. Gaetz has proposed the scheme, which would grant Trump a general pardon for any crimes he may have committed while in office, on social media and in interviews.
Gaetz’s proposal has drawn heavy criticism, with many legal authorities decrying it as a risky and unconstitutional notion. There is no precedent for such a broad pardon; the Constitution forbids presidents from absolving themselves or members of their families.
It would basically grant Trump immunity from any criminal prosecution for his presidential activities if Gaetz’s legislation were to become law. This would be a serious loss for the rule of law and create a risky precedent for presidents to follow.
It’s uncertain if Gaetz’s proposal has any chance of passing into law. That serves as a reminder, meanwhile, of the extent some Republicans are prepared to go to shield Trump from responsibility.
Here are some of the arguments against Gaetz’s plan:
- It’s against the law. Presidents are not permitted by the Constitution to pardon themselves or members of their families.
- It would create a risky precedent. The rule of law would be seriously compromised if a president were to be granted amnesty for whatever crimes they committed while in office.
- The political rivals of Trump would suffer as a result. Trump would not be held accountable for his acts if he were given immunity, but his political rivals would still be subject to prosecution.
It’s crucial to remember that Gaetz’s approach is currently simply an idea. It is uncertain whether it would ever become a law or, if it did, whether it would be upheld in court. That serves as a reminder, meanwhile, of the extent some Republicans are prepared to go to shield Trump from responsibility.
Matt Gaetz calls for action:
Step 1: “House Republicans should immediately demand that Jack Smith present himself for a transcribed interview before the Judiciary Committee in the next 15 days.”
Step 2: “We can utilize Congressional immunities to immunize President Trump.” pic.twitter.com/Cod5hIHyDT
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) August 2, 2023
MUST WATCH: Congressman Matt Gaetz (Rep-FL) talks about plans to subpoena Jack Smith and also utilize Congressional Immunties to immunize President Trump from the onslaught of ridiculous charges. It’s time to fight fire with fire pic.twitter.com/wEHg7dUFQv
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