A lawyer for Donald Trump argued in federal court on Wednesday that the president could shoot someone on 5th Avenue in New York City and not be prosecuted. The lawyer, William Consovoy, was responding to a question by Judge Denny Chin of the Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, who asked, “What’s your view on the 5th Avenue example? Local authorities couldn’t investigate? They couldn’t do anything about it?”
“I think once the president is removed from office, any local authority — This is not a permanent immunity,” Consovoy said. “Well, I’m talking about while in office,” Judge Chin continued. “No,” Consovoy interrupted. “That’s the hypo[thetical]. Nothing could be done — that’s your position?” the judge pressed. “That is correct. That is correct,” Consovoy responded.
The Second Circuit Court is hearing the appeal regarding Trump’s New York state tax returns.
Trump lawyer William Consovoy arguing before 2nd Circuit in NYC right now that in the hypothetical scenario of a president shooting someone on 5th Avenue the president can’t be prosecuted while he’s in office. Listen here via @cspan https://t.co/BSHnj68hAD
— Darren Samuelsohn (@dsamuelsohn) October 23, 2019
Trump lawyer says president could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and avoid prosecution
(You read that right. That was an actual oral argument made in federal Court today by lawyer William Consovoy.) https://t.co/DQ39FZ2ne7
— Kassandra Seven (@KassandraSeven) October 23, 2019