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Haley on Trump lawyer assassination theory: ‘That’s ridiculous’

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley criticized former President Donald Trump's lawyer's argument that assassinating political opponents is protected by executive privilege, calling it “ridiculous.”

Haley said during Wednesday's CNN Republican presidential debate that common sense must be considered when assessing what is and is not protected by executive privilege.

“That's crazy. That's just ridiculous. You have to use common sense. You can't go and kill a political opponent and claim immunity from the president,” she said.

Her criticism comes after President Trump's lawyer, John Sauer, told a panel of judges on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that unless the president is first impeached and removed from office by the Senate, the president could order a sixth team of SEALs to assassinate political opponents. came after claiming protection from prosecution. .

“He will have to be impeached and convicted,” Sauer said Tuesday.

He was responding to a hypothetical question from a judge about the limits of presidential immunity. Trump's lawyers argued that the former president is immune and should be protected from prosecution in Special Counsel Jack Smith's investigation.

President Trump said everything he did while in office should be protected by executive privilege.

Haley said the country no longer needed the “chaos” of the past, but instead needed a leader who would restore “sanity” to the country. She has previously condemned President Trump and the “chaos” surrounding his candidacy and stressed the need for the country to emerge from chaos.

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