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Jack Smith Uses Donald Trump’s Previous Argument To Fight Immunity Claim

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Special counsel Jack Smith has filed a document arguing against granting former President Donald Trump immunity from prosecution in a federal election interference case.

The filing cites Trump’s previous claim that immunity ends with the presidency.

The prosecution warns of the risks of granting broad immunity, stating it could potentially protect a president from various criminal acts. (Trending: Donald Trump Breaks His Silence After Major Court Win)

“Indeed, the Executive Branch and multiple presidents, including the defendant, have consistently acknowledged that any criminal immunity ends once a president leaves office,” Smith’s filing reads.

“Under the defendant’s framework, the nation would have no recourse to deter a president from inciting his supporters during a State of the Union address to kill opposing lawmakers — thereby hamstringing any impeachment proceeding — to ensure that he remains in office unlawfully,” prosecutors wrote.

Trump’s defense team has until Wednesday to respond, and the timing of the appeals court’s decision may affect the trial’s scheduled start date.

Meanwhile, Trump is campaigning for the Republican nomination for re-election.

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