In a post to his Truth Social account this Tuesday, former President Donald Trump declared that he has total immunity from prosecution.
“Very interesting, because until recently the political Hacks and Thugs of the highly partisan January 6th Unselect Committee were seldom talking about your favorite President, me, as it related to the PROTEST on Election Fraud,” Trump wrote. “NUMBER ONE, as President, I have total Immunity. Number two, I did nothing wrong.”
“Then the Committee members, mostly the same sleaze that pushed the Russia, Russia, Russia HOAX, started saying that “Trump” did it. Even Shifty Schiff got into the act again. SAD!!!” he added.
Trump was likely referring to the Jan. 6 committee’s recommendation that the Department of Justice charge Trump with offenses including inciting or assisting an insurrection and conspiring to defraud the United States.
The committee also released its 845-page report that accused Trump of being the leading figure in a “multi-part conspiracy” to overturn the 2020 election results and being the “central cause” of the riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Trump has previously attempted to use the argument that he has absolute immunity as part of an attempt to dismiss a number of civil lawsuits filed against him in relation to his actions during his presidency.
In November, Washington District Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled that Trump could not cite the presidential immunity defense in response to a lawsuit brought forward by the NAACP and the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization.