There’s growing Anxiety in the MAGAworld over Donald Trump’s mounting legal challenges. His allies have embarked on a fervent quest to discover legal avenues that could potentially derail the ongoing investigation in Georgia, signaling their increasing anxiety.
Concern About Mounting Legal Challenges
Their worries center around Trump’s legal predicaments, particularly within Fulton County.
He Would Put an End to Investigations
Last year, the former president reportedly told his close friends that he could stop investigations into his supposed crimes if he became president again.
He’s Now Facing Two Indictments
Legal experts agree that a president in office has this power, but now there’s a different situation because Trump was recently charged by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.
Willis accused him of running an ongoing “criminal enterprise,” which has resulted in him being indicted twice locally.
They’re Trying to Stop These Investigations
Trump’s network of MAGAfied lawyers, political associates, and long-standing conservative activists are actively exploring legal theories that could potentially stop these investigations or render any potential convictions null and void.
Several individuals familiar with the matter revealed these efforts to Rolling Stone.
Legal Team Tries to Employ U.S. Supreme Court
Trump’s legal team is considering employing the U.S. Supreme Court as a means to intervene in the Georgia case, asserting that Willis lacks the jurisdiction to charge a former president.
Only Congress Can Prosecute a President
Their argument pivots on the notion that only Congress has the authority to prosecute a president for actions taken while in office, although Willis’ indictment includes actions taken post-presidency.
The Legal Reality
Legal experts and scholars dismiss this argument as unfounded wishful thinking, underlining the distinction between personal sentiments and legal reality.
Trump Was Interested in These Ideas
Curiously, some of these legal strategies were confidentially shared with Trump during the summer months.
When briefed by his political allies and legal advisors, the former president was interested in these ideas, allegedly requesting a deeper exploration of these legal theories.
Trump’s Campaign Staff Declined to Comment
While Trump’s campaign staff declined to comment on these developments, it’s worth noting that among the strategies discussed was the idea of seeking the intervention of the U.S. Supreme Court in a state-level investigation to halt its proceedings.
A Memo Was Issued
In the process of researching this approach, lawyers and conservative activists aligned with Trump have incorporated elements from a memo issued by the National Constitutional Law Union (NCLU), a right-wing nonprofit organization.
Trump’s Allies Are Interested
This memo suggests that only Congress holds the authority to prosecute a former president for offenses committed during their time in office, stating that without a Senate conviction, district attorneys and special counsel offices lack the jurisdiction to prosecute.
This document has reportedly piqued interest within Trumpworld, with some senior Trump aides and campaign staff being apprised of its contents.
Legal Experts Dismissed the Idea Instantly
Nevertheless, legal experts are quick to dismiss the validity of this argument.
Brian Kalt, a professor at Michigan State University’s law school, and a prominent authority on presidential pardons and prosecution, asserts that such immunity would only apply to sitting presidents, ceasing to hold weight once the president leaves office.
It Doesn’t Seem Likely
Kalt emphasizes that while predicting the Supreme Court’s stance is complex, the argument in favor of perpetual presidential immunity doesn’t seem plausible.
They’re Seeking a Pardon
Seemingly unable to stop the investigation, Trump’s defenders are pivoting towards another strategy—seeking a pardon.
Interestingly, this involves Georgia Republicans overhauling the state’s entire pardon process to align with Trump’s interests.
This is a particularly critical issue in Georgia, where state law grants the state Board of Pardons and Parole exclusive authority for pardons.
They Need to Persuade the Governor
The challenge lies in convincing GOP state lawmakers to reshape the law and persuade Republican Governor Brian Kemp, who has previously been a target of Trump’s criticism, to grant a pardon to the former president.
Unrest Within the Republican Party
This maneuver demonstrates the intricate dynamics within the Republican party, where allies like Kemp have had falling outs with Trump due to differences over supporting his efforts to contest the 2020 election results.
Will He Take a Stand?
Conservative supporters of Trump’s cause are increasingly looking to Kemp to take a stand and support the former president.
Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch and a staunch Trump ally, urges Kemp to harness every lawful option at his disposal to address the crisis and protect the rights of individuals like Trump from potential abuse.
They Want to Grant the Governor More Power
Trump’s allies, such as Mike Davis, president of the Article III Project, similarly advocate granting more power to the governor to issue pardons.
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