• President Trump’s attorney was prepared to answer the hypothetical question with a “qualified yes“; however, unfortunately the lawyer was not prepared to give Judge Pan a real-world example of this action that recently took place.   It’s not a hypothetical; it was done recently.  President Obama did exactly this.

  • CITATION – “Anwar al-‘Awlaqī; (April 1971 – 30 September 2011) was an American Islamic scholar and lecturer who was killed in 2011 in Yemen by a U.S. government drone strike ordered by President Barack Obama. Al-Awlaki became the first U.S. citizen to be targeted and killed by a drone strike from the U.S government.
  • President Barack Obama had absolute immunity for ordering the intentional killing of American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaqi.  The issue of him being a presidential candidate is a non sequitur.
  • If Presidents did not have absolute immunity, or if the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals removes absolute immunity from President Trump, then Barack Obama can immediately be charged and arrested for killing al-Awlaqi. There is no statute of limitations for murder.  Yes, this is the cold truth of the matter.
  • Additionally, 16-year-old American Citizen, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, was killed in the same military assassination.  Abdulrahman, a child, was standing next to his father; he was never accused of any wrongdoing; he was never charged with any unlawful conduct; he was an innocent bystander.
  • In 2011 when the Obama administration was questioned about killing the teenager, White House Spokesperson Robert Gibbs said, “I would suggest that you should have a far more responsible father if they are truly concerned about the well-being of their children. I don’t think becoming an al-Qaeda jihadist terrorist is the best way to go about doing your business.”
  • You can find the legal analysis from the Justice Department Memo Approving Targeted Killing of Anwar Al-Awlaki [HERE].  There was no legal justification or approval for the killing of 16-year-old Abdulrahman al-Awlaki.

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  • If the DC Appeals Court removes “absolute immunity” in order to prosecute President Donald J Trump, then the next administration can formally charge President Barack Obama with the specific and unlawful killing of an American citizen, with malice aforethought and specific intent to kill; ie homicide.  Additional charges of manslaughter for the killing of the 16-year-old son are easily justified.
  • There is no statute of limitations for murder.
  • See how that works?

Source: theconservativetreehouse.com