A U.S. Secret Service agent watches as President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Xtreme Manufacturing, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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President Donald Trump is entitled to lifetime protection by a Secret Service detail, but those same agents could also be hauled into court to testify against him under oath. 

It’s a prospect that might have seemed outlandish, even until recently, but now appears real as Trump is expected to face a raft of criminal and civil challenges in federal and state courts once he loses his presidential immunity.

Legal experts are contemplating such a scenario as Trump continues to shatter norms — and potentially break laws — in the final days of his presidency. 

There’s clear precedent for Secret Service officials to be compelled to testify against sitting presidents, and legal experts and former agents say Trump’s protective detail could also be subject to subpoenas. 

“There’s no doubt that the Secret Service could be subpoenaed,” said Michael Gerhardt, a constitutional law professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill. 

There’s no legal privilege that would prevent agents from sharing information about potential criminal behavior or the abuse of power that they might have witnessed while doing their job. 

“There are so many ways in which we’re in uncharted territory right now,” said Stephen Vladeck, a constitutional law expert …read more


Source:: Businessinsider – Politics

      

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