From the files of not normal: Can presidents get sued?

by Patty Templeton

News you need to knowIn regard to a recent lawsuit about allegedly provoking the assault of protesters, President’s Trump’s lawyers stated, “Mr. Trump is immune from suit because he is President of the United States.”

Why this is not normalUSA Today counted 75 ongoing suits against Trump directly before he took office. The president and his lawyers believe that he should be immune to these civil suits for the remainder of his term. The logic: lawsuits would distract a president from his public duties.

You know, like golfing for over 63 hours in his first three months in office.

The president and his lawyers’ logic is skewed. According to 1997’s Clinton v. Jones, the Supreme Court stated that a sitting president does not have immunity from civil litigation for crap they did before they got in office.

Presidents are not above the laws of the land. Clinton wasn’t hidden from a sexual harassment suit that eventually led to his impeachment. When Trump took office, there were suits against him on tax issues, sexual harassment, restaurant dealings, personal injury, and more. He has been sued 4,095 times in his life – and he can still be sued while president.

Patty Templeton


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