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Donald Trump Issues Dire Warning if Immunity Claim Fails

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Donald Trump has claimed that every president will be “immediately indicted” by opposing party if they are not granted immunity for actions taken while in office.

The former president, who is fighting four criminal cases while seeking to reclaim the White House, has argued he is immune from prosecution in his election interference case in Washington.

He is charged with plotting to overturn the 2020 election in the run-up to the violent riot by his supporters at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. He has pleaded not guilty.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan has vacated the March 4 trial date as Trump awaits a ruling from a federal appeals court based on his claims of presidential immunity. Chutkan previously rejected the argument.

Trump has similarly claimed presidential immunity as a defense in a Georgia case charging him with plotting to overturn the 2020 election result in the state, as well as in writer E. Jean Carroll’s lawsuit accusing him of defaming her.

“IF IMMUNITY IS NOT GRANTED TO A PRESIDENT, EVERY PRESIDENT THAT LEAVES OFFICE WILL BE IMMEDIATELY INDICTED BY THE OPPOSING PARTY,” Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform on Monday night.

“WITHOUT COMPLETE IMMUNITY, A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO PROPERLY FUNCTION!”

Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump talks reporters at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters headquarters on January 31, 2024 in Washington, D.C. Trump has claimed every president needs “complete immunity.”

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This is a developing story and will be updated.