US Supreme Court in Trump ruling declares ex-presidents have immunity for official acts

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Published July 1, 2024
WASHINGTON, July 1 (Reuters) – A divided U.S. Supreme Court threw out a judicial decision rejecting Donald Trump’s bid to shield himself from federal criminal charges involving his efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss in a major ruling on Monday involving the scope of presidential immunity from prosecution.
The court ruled that former presidents are shielded from prosecution for actions they take within their constitutional authority, as opposed to a private capacity. The ruling marked the first time since the nation’s 18th century founding that the Supreme Court has declared that former presidents may be shielded from criminal charges in any instance.
The decision came in Trump’s appeal of a lower court ruling rejecting his immunity claim. The court decided the blockbuster case on the last day of its term.
Trump is the Republican candidate challenging Democratic President Joe Biden in the Nov. 5 U.S. election in a rematch from four years ago. The court’s slow handling of the blockbuster case already had helped Trump by making it unlikely that any trial on these charges brought by Special Counsel Jack Smith could be completed before the election.

Trump had argued that he is immune from prosecution because he was serving as president when he took the actions that led to the charges. Smith had opposed presidential immunity from prosecution based on the principle that no one is above the law.



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Published July 1, 2024

In a monumental ruling, the Supreme Court ruled that former presidents enjoy a presumption criminal immunity for official acts while in the White House, handing a win to former President Trump.

Trump’s appeal froze his federal election subversion indictment in the nation’s capital, where a federal court has charged him with conspiring to subvert the 2020 election results, from moving ahead toward trial.

The Supreme Court’s ruling comes four months before Election Day, when Trump hopes to retake the White House, giving him the authority to stop his prosecutions from proceeding and possibly firing special counsel Jack Smith.



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Former US President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures as he arrives back at Trump Tower after being convicted in his criminal trial in New York City, on May 30, 2024.
Published July 1, 2024

The Supreme Court on Monday issued its decision on whether former President Donald Trump is immune from criminal prosecution on federal election interference charges.

The ruling by the high court, whose six-seat conservative majority includes three members nominated by Trump, carries high stakes for the criminal case brought by special counsel Jack Smith.

Trump is charged in a four-count indictment with illegally conspiring to overturn his loss to President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

The case in Washington, D.C., federal court has been on pause while Trump argues that he is immune from prosecution for any official acts he performed while he was president. Lawyers for the presumptive Republican nominee contend that an ex-president cannot be charged for their official acts in office unless they are impeached and convicted by Congress.

Trump was impeached in the House for inciting an insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021, when a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol and temporarily blocked lawmakers from confirming Biden’s electoral victory. He was acquitted in the Senate, where the Constitution requires a two-thirds vote to secure a conviction.




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