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US Supreme Court grants limited legal immunity to Donald Trump

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Donald Trump is immune from legal scrutiny for official actions taken during his presidency but could still face prosecution for unofficial actions.

The Supreme Court directed lower courts to determine the precise application of this decision. The ruling was issued with approval from six conservative justices and opposition from three liberal justices.

Accordingly, the Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling that dismissed Trump’s immunity in a case involving the incitement of his supporters to attack the Capitol on January 6, 2020.

The court’s decision stated: “We conclude that within the framework of the Constitution, which emphasizes the separation of powers, the nature of presidential power necessitates immunity from judicial prosecution for official acts during his tenure.”

However, regarding unofficial actions, he does not enjoy any immunity.

Trump welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision, calling it a victory for the Constitution and American democracy. However, Biden’s election campaign headquarters stated in a statement: “This ruling does not change the facts, so let’s be clear about what happened on January 6: Donald Trump became angry after losing the 2020 election and encouraged crowds to overturn the results of a free and fair election.”

Trump faces serious charges, including attempting to overturn the 2020 election results, conspiracy to defraud the U.S., obstructing justice, and conspiring against voters’ rights. He maintains innocence but could face criminal penalties if convicted.

The Supreme Court’s decision has sparked controversy among justices. Sonia Sotomayor criticized the conservative majority, arguing it undermines constitutional principles. Another justice pointed out concerns that the ruling could potentially condone presidential misconduct during their tenure.

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