Ex-Watergate prosecutor reveals true purpose of Trump’s ‘off the charts’ legal claim

Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman on Saturday questioned Donald Trump’s “unusual” presidential immunity claim as he declared the former president is headed to the “big house.”

Trump’s legal team argued before a federal appeals court last week that presidents have “absolute immunity” from criminal prosecution for actions committed while in office.

But Ackerman told MSNBC’s Katie Phang that the legal claim is really just a delaying tactic for the January 6 trial.

“What’s really at stake here is getting this trial, which is scheduled for March 4, back on track, because once Donald Trump is in the dock and the jury is sworn in, he’s gone,” Akerman said. the presidential front of the Republican Party in 2024. -runner.

‘He is being sentenced and is on his way to the big house, he is worried about that. His only legal defense here is not about the facts, not about the law, but about delay.”

Phang wondered whether the Supreme Court would take up the case if Trump lost the immunity claim, as was widely expected.

“Oh, I don’t think it’s necessary to do that in this case. It’s pretty clear what the law is,” Akerman said.

“There’s no way that a president on Fifth Avenue can kill someone and they won’t be prosecuted, that’s insane. The idea that a president can kill this political opposition without being prosecuted is completely unacceptable.”

Akerman added that there is “no way anyone is going to believe” this argument.