Trump Could Get Immunity by Testifying Before House

( – Former President Donald Trump hopes next November’s election will put him back in the White House, and so far he has a solid lead in the race for the Republican nomination. The biggest obstacle to his ambition seems to be his ongoing legal problems. Now a GOP legislator has come up with a novel plan that might stop the prosecutions in their tracks.

On August 8, Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) appeared on “The Charlie Kirk Show” and discussed the recent indictments against Trump. While being indicted (or even convicted) wouldn’t disqualify him from running next year, the publicity of a trial could put off some voters and swing the election in President Biden’s favor. Gaetz thinks he’s found a way to keep Trump out of court, though. Instead, he says, the 45th president could give testimony to Congress — and gain immunity from prosecution.

Gaetz explained to Kirk that Congress has the power to grant immunity from prosecution in some circumstances. He said House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) could set up a select committee, call Trump as a witness and give him immunity — although he conceded, “there are layers of immunity” and “full immunity would require a supermajority vote of the House.” It’s unclear how much immunity a select committee could grant and whether that would keep Trump out of court, but Gaetz believes it could be the answer to his legal problems.

When Kirk asked for more details, Gaetz admitted this tactic “hasn’t been used recently,” but he went on to slam the Justice Department for behaving like “the enforcement wing of the Democratic Party” and criticized the influence of prosecutors funded by far-left billionaire George Soros. He warned that the timing of these indictments — just before Congress enters its summer recess — is no accident.

Gaetz’s suggestion follows a call he made on August 2 for special counsel Jack Smith to be called before the House Judiciary Committee for an interview and held in contempt of Congress if he didn’t show up.

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