There's no telling what kind of illegal or unethical activity the Trump family has engaged in in the presence of Secret Service agents. — Donald K. Sherman, deputy director of the nonpartisan watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
There's no telling what kind of illegal or unethical activity the Trump family has engaged in in the presence of Secret Service agents. — Donald K. Sherman, deputy director of the nonpartisan watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
Trump's Secret Service detail could be subpoenaed to testify against him in criminal proceedings and former agents are stressed about it
  • Trump's Secret Service detail could be forced to testify against him in future legal proceedings.
  • He's facing possible civil and criminal charges now that he's lost his presidential immunity.
  • Former agents are worried Trump's security detail could be drawn into the middle of legal proceedings.
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 now that he's lost his presidential immunity.

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 at the University of Texas School of Law.

... There's no telling "what kind of illegal or unethical activity the Trump family has engaged in" in the presence of Secret Service agents, Donald Sherman, deputy director of the nonpartisan watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, told Insider.
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