WATCH: Chris Cuomo Explains Why Trump’s Executive Privilege Argument Was So Ludicrous
Donald Trump enjoyed a number of the benefits of being president. But his favorite always seemed to be the immunity the office provided him. Now that he is out of office, he is no longer immune from criminal prosecution. That doesn’t mean, however, he isn’t going to try and abuse his power.
Trump, now a private citizen, recently tried to avoid providing documents to the 1/6 Insurrection committee by claiming executive privilege. During his Friday night show, Chris Cuomo explained why that strategy was so ridiculous.
The CNN host began, “Legally, there is zero precedent for a former president getting such protection from their own issuance. From their own issuance, meaning they say, as a former president, I want to exercise this privilege. Now, there’s a distinction to be made I’ll get to in a second. But no precedent of the law recognizing a former president being able to do this.”
“Second, we know this not just as a matter of law but as a matter of practice, because, to the distinction I mentioned earlier, former presidents have asked sitting presidents to exercise the privilege on their behalf to protect particularly communications or documents. That means, in no small irony, it is up to President Biden to choose whether to protect Trump’s January 6th communications. And Biden said, no way. you deserve a full understanding of what led to an attack on the Capitol on January 6th. President Biden and the White House said it matters too much to censor.”