Imagine Trump were to be convicted in a state prosecution and is due to be sent to jail. Before he actually is sent to jail (maybe there is a pending appeal), he becomes president. What powers would he have in practice to avoid going to jail (while he is president)? Are any of these realistic?
- The president has a huge amount of military and police force under his control (Secret Service, the army, FBI etc.) . Could he simply not allow the state police to come and get him?
- Would the supreme court be able to rule that a sitting president can't be held in state jail under some legal theory?
You can be sure that Trump's lawyers would come up with something. The question is, what?