Can Trump be sued after he leaves the White House?

By Donald A. Collins | 8 October 2020
Church and State

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Trump could have since his election left a long trail of possible misdeeds which might encourage prosecution upon his leaving office.

Should he win a second term that possibility would certainly be deferred.

However, should Trump lose to Biden, he would still be President until January 20, 2021.

Just as he has escaped legal censure so far, it may well be that he would serve out his term and depart with no charges on the 20th.

However, one friend recently suggested to me that to eliminate any subsequent post Presidency litigation, Trump could if not re-elected simply resign before January 20th and have Pence become President and then issue a pardon absolving Trump of any actions he took while President—a unique insurance policy indeed.

Is that legal? And, let me be clear, what Trump’s alleged crimes if any might be I am not in position to determine.

I have no idea if this pardon is a possible Trump/Pence option? I need a legal opinion from a Constitutional lawyer.

Or another question: can Trump be sued after he leaves the White House for any actions he committed BEFORE becoming President such as income tax evasion?

Any takers?

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC., has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013.

From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013

By Donald A. Collins
Publisher: Church and State Press (July 30, 2014)
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  1. Wouldn’t it be nice to try to bring some type of charges against Trump after he leaves office. Tax Evasion, Tax Fraud sound like a nice place to start but, like the rest of Trump’s empire, the Donald had someone else do his dirty work for him. This time he can simply blame the evil accountants.


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