Former federal prosecutor Andrew Weissmann expressed surprise Monday at what he called an “incredibly inappropriate first sentence” in the case. Donald TrumpThe filing with the U.S. Supreme Court in which the former president’s lawyers argued he should be given “full immunity” for potential criminal acts committed while he was in the White House.
“This request is déjà vu all over again,” Trump’s legal team’s filing began, citing and crediting a so-called “yogi-ism” on the part of the late New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra .
“If you were going to be sarcastic, they might as well have been quoting Yogi Bear,” Weissmann told MSNBC’s Alicia Menendez.
“I mean, it’s just a weird way to start on something that they’re asking the Supreme Court to do,” he added.
Weissmann reminded viewers that Trump’s lawyers essentially said, “their position is that the President of the United States can kill people and until he is successfully impeached, it’s- that is, indicted and convicted for this, he cannot be prosecuted.”
“So for something this serious, it’s a weird, really weird first sentence and I think she’s got a real tin ear,” he added.
A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled earlier this month that Trump does not have absolute immunity as POTUS and therefore could face prosecution in the case of D.C. election subversion, one of four criminal cases facing the 2024 Republican front-runner.
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