Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) dismissed the idea that Trump is entitled to special treatment under the law because he is a former president.
WATCH: While some constitutions around the world don’t subject former presidents to the rule of law, the US Constitution does, Jan. 6 Select Committee Member @RepRaskin (D-Md.) says.
“A former US president is just a citizen.” pic.twitter.com/Pp5GhAOAOi
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Are you more confident now than three months ago that the Department of Justice is pretty focused on this January 6 investigation?
REPRESENTING. JAMIE RASKIN:
Well, absolutely. It has become clear that the Department of Justice is going to track all of these crimes and no one gets a special exception because they are a former President of the United States. You know, there are constitutions around the world that say a former president cannot be subject to the rule of law. Ours is not one of them. A former US president is just a citizen.
Trump’s whole defense is that he is someone special who deserves different treatment from the average person. Trump believes he is exempt from the law and still has presidential powers. Trump unsuccessfully argued in court that he retained executive privilege.
As Raskin was being interviewed, Trump was on social media claiming he is so special that the whole government is conspiring against him.
Trump has no credible legal defense, so he relies on the illusion of specialness to justify criminality.
Rep. Raskin pointed out that in the eyes of the law, Trump is not special. He’s just another citizen with a lot of problems.
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