The Associated Press: Trump warns of ‘Pandora’s box’ of perpetual presidential prosecutions if charges against him stand

The Associated Press

Former President Donald Trump has long vowed to prosecute President Joe Biden if Trump wins November’s election and the two trade places. He upped the stakes dramatically Tuesday, contending that if criminal charges against him aren’t dropped, any current and future ex-presidents also could be prosecuted.

“I feel that as a president, you have to have immunity, very simple,” Trump said after a court hearing where a panel of three federal judges seemed deeply skeptical of his attorneys’ arguments that presidents have immunity from prosecution for official business. “It’s the opening of a Pandora’s box and it’s a very, very sad thing that’s happened with this whole situation.”

“If these judges cannot set aside their Trump derangement and do not establish at a baseline level that presidents are immune from criminal prosecution, it’s going to be very detrimental to the presidency,” said Mike Davis, a former chief counsel for nominations for the Senate Judiciary Committee who runs The Article III Project, which pushes for conservative judges and rulings.

Davis said there’s no statute of limitations on charges of murder, which he contended could be filed against Obama for the 2011 drone strikes on Anwar Al-Awklakiand his 16-year-old son, Abdulraham.

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