Prosecutors Question Immunity of Former President
In a recent court filing, prosecutors raised a significant question regarding the immunity of a former President. They pondered whether a former President is absolutely immune from federal prosecution for crimes committed while in office or if they are constitutionally protected when they have been impeached, but not convicted, before the criminal proceedings begin.
Election Interference Trial Set to Begin in March
The trial of former President Trump in the election interference case is scheduled to commence in March. This case is just one of four indictments that have been brought against Trump in the past year. In addition to the election interference charges in Washington, he also faces charges of mishandling classified documents in Florida and further election interference charges in Georgia.
Trump’s Ongoing Legal Battles
Aside from the election interference case, Trump is currently involved in a civil fraud trial in New York City. Initially expected to testify personally in the trial, Trump announced on his social media platform, Truth Social, that he no longer intends to take the stand.
Meanwhile, New York Attorney General Letitia James is seeking $250 million in damages and a ban on Trump conducting business in the state. The charges against Trump, his sons, and his company involve fraudulently inflating property values to obtain more favorable loan and insurance rates.
Court Proceedings Continue Despite Trump’s Testimony Decision
Despite Trump’s decision not to testify, court officials have confirmed that proceedings will resume as scheduled. Eli Bartov, an accounting expert who Trump intended to call as a witness, will continue his testimony.
New York Attorney General Letitia James: “Donald Trump already testified in our financial fraud case against him. Whether or not Trump testifies again tomorrow, we have already proven that he committed years of financial fraud and unjustly enriched himself and his family. No matter how much he tries to distract from reality, the facts don’t lie.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.