GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley criticized former President Trump’s attorney for arguing that presidential immunity protects the assassination of political rivals. During a CNN GOP presidential debate, Haley expressed disbelief at the idea, saying that common sense should be applied when interpreting the scope of presidential immunity. She argued that it is absurd to claim immunity from prosecution after killing a political opponent.
Haley’s remarks were prompted by attorney John Sauer’s defense of Trump before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Sauer contended that the president would be shielded from prosecution if he ordered the assassination of a political rival, as long as he was not impeached and removed by the Senate. Responding to a hypothetical question about the limits of presidential immunity, Sauer claimed that impeachment and conviction were necessary prerequisites for prosecution.
Trump’s legal team has consistently argued that he is immune from prosecution for any actions taken while in office. This claim extended to special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation, which Trump’s lawyers argued should not be able to prosecute him.
Haley criticized the chaos that has surrounded Trump and his candidacy, emphasizing the need for a leader who can restore sanity to the country. She voiced her desire to move on from the past, rejecting the notion that the country needs to continue experiencing the turmoil that has occurred under previous administrations.
In summary, Haley rejected the argument that presidential immunity protects the assassination of political rivals, calling it ridiculous. She emphasized the need for common sense and a leader who can bring sanity back to the country, distancing herself from the chaos she associates with Trump and his presidency.