Absolute immunity from litigation no longer applies to a former president, a Georgia Democrat warned.
Donald Trump can still be questioned and sentenced in criminal lawsuits. This is the Fulton County district attorney’s opinion about the feasibility of prosecuting the former president for allegedly trying to overturn the 2020 election.
“Of course, I have given thought to if that [immunity] may be raised as a legal issue [and] I do not think that that protection will prevent a prosecution, if that becomes necessary in this state case,” Fani Willis said in a video shared on YouTube.
The district attorney also doubts Trump will find other legal avenues to avoid or delay official investigations.
“This is a criminal investigation [and] we are not here playing a game. I plan to use the power of the law–we are all citizens,” she said.
Willis promised to treat the former president respectfully and without prejudice.
“Mr. Trump, just as every other American citizen, is entitled to dignity [and] he is entitled to be treated fairly,” she said.
“I plan to do my job, and my job is to make sure that we get the evidence that gives us the truth—I am not concerned at all about games to delay this,” she added.
The Hill speculated the lawsuit is likely to examine a 2020 phone call between former President Trump and GOP Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. The pair allegedly discussed finding more votes to help give the incumbent another four years in the Oval Office.
“You and I have listened to that phone call but also I have the benefit of also having talked to a lot of witnesses, and probably having read more on this than most people would like to,” Willis said, according to the publication.