Today’s legal arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals in favor of a total and blanket presidential immunity have a wider goal, or at least a potential implication which the President’s lawyers certainly must themselves see, than just protecting the President himself. It would be a very short hop for them later to argue that in fact anyone acting under the President’s authority also is protected by that same now-theoretical immunity umbrella. At that point, it is the President’s followers, then legally considered to be the embodiment of presidential will, who openly will be shooting people on 5th Avenue. Or, at the very least, re-enacting the Brooks Brothers Riot in the halls of Congress.

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