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Trump Lawyers Remind The Court, The Former President Enjoys ‘Absolute Immunity’

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Former President Donald Trump is claiming “absolute immunity” in all civil suits relating to the Jan. 6 Capitol riots as he faces potential legal action for his alleged role.

Trump’s attorneys presented a statement to the court, which Fox News obtained, stating that the matter was one of separation of powers and that judicial dismantling of presidential immunity would encourage partisan harassment of elected officials through the legal system.

“This appeal requires the adjudication of a simple but important constitutional issue regarding the separation of powers: whether the scope of the presidential absolute immunity continues to reach the outer perimeters of presidential responsibilities or whether the immunity can be undercut if the presidential act in question is unpopular among the judiciary,” the statement read.

Trump’s legal team continued, “This question has already been answered by the Supreme Court, which held that the immunity is rooted in constitutional separation of powers, and it is especially important to the President because he deals with matters that are controversial and arouse intense feelings.”

“Consequently, it is especially important to avoid allowing the judicial department to pass judgment on the political statements and discourse of the President of the United States,” it continued.

In his preliminary statement, Trump claimed that a judiciary review of “executive function” would set a poor precedent for the future, allowing the three branches of government to interfere and meddle with one another on ideological grounds.

Asked if indicting a former president would create further division in the country, Attorney General Merrick Garland said the U.S. Justice Department will pursue justice “without fear or favor.”

“We intend to hold everyone, anyone who was criminally responsible for the events surrounding Jan. 6, for any attempt to interfere with the lawful transfer of power from one administration to another, accountable,” he said. “That’s what we do.”

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