Trump has asked to postpone his Trump “University” scam trial, arguing that as president-elect, he should be immune from such pesky lawsuits. Is there a legitimate legal basis for his request?
No. In Clinton v Jones, the Supreme Court decided that a president is not immune from personal liability in the context of a run-of-the-mill civil lawsuit if that lawsuit involves conduct that happened before he was president and had nothing at all to do with his job as president. In the (Bill) Clinton case, the allegation was that Bubba, while Governor of Arkansas, invited a guest (Jones) to his hotel suite at a Little Rock hotel, “dropped trou,” and then proceeded to make certain lewd suggestions as to what might happen next. These allegations did indeed seem to implicate conduct that happened before Bubba was president and had nothing to do with his job as president. So the Supreme Court allowed the suit against Clinton to proceed without delay.
It’s hard to distinguish the Trump “University” allegations in any meaningful way. All the facts alleged in that lawsuit preceded not only Trump’s presidency but also the gestational notion of any presidency in Trump’s troubled consciousness. And the scam Trump perpetrated on his victims quite obviously had nothing to do with the presidency.
Surely federal courts will hold Trump to the same standard to which they held Bill Clinton. Right?
Now that Trump has settled for $25 million, this is a moot point. But we’re keeping this post up because Trump, the most litigious human ever elected president, will be suing and getting sued on a reguar basis, we think. Oh, and NEWSFLASH: You don’t settle a lawsuit for $25 million unless you did what you were accused of doing. Trump is a fraud.