If there is anything that we know for certain about Donald Trump, it’s that he’s not going to ever let something slide. To bring Trump to a conclusion not of his liking takes an ungodly amount of effort, and even then there’s no guarantee of success.
In the case of the select committee investigating the events of January 6th, Trump has been masterfully slippery, and his latest litigious maneuver may have just put him out of reach.
Attorneys for former President Donald Trump and his associates argued Monday that incendiary statements by Trump and others last Jan. 6 prior to the Capitol riot were protected speech and in line with their official duties.
In response to civil suits running parallel to Congress’ own Jan. 6 inquiry, Trump’s lawyers claimed he was acting within his official rights and had no intention to spark violence when he called on thousands of supporters to “march to the Capitol” and “fight like hell” to disrupt the Senate’s certification of the 2020 election results.
There was no mistaking the gist of the legalese.
“There has never been an example of someone successfully being able to sue a president for something that happened during his term of office,” said Trump lawyer Jesse Binnall. “That absolute immunity of the presidency is very important.”
And while there is no telling whether or not Trump will find himself with this claimed immunity once the dust is settled, there is a fairly likely chance that the amount of time it will take to adjudicate the matter will push the issue back to a time in which the J6 committee has been disbanded by Congress, after the “red wave” of 2022 give control of the legislative branch back to the Republican Party.