President Trump has famously boasted he could shoot a man in the middle of Fifth Avenue in New York City and not lose any political support. Now Trump’s lawyers are arguing that the president could get away with it legally, too — at least while he’s in office.
The Justice Department has long argued that the president is immune from criminal prosecution while serving in the White House. This claim has never been tested in court, although a federal judge recently blasted the assertion as “repugnant to the nation’s governmental structure and constitutional values.”
But a memo by the Office of Legal Counsel staking out this argument has been adopted as sacrosanct by the administration, such that Special Counsel Robert Mueller believed he was