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Supreme Court grants Trump absolute immunity for official acts

Supreme Court Ruling on Trump’s Immunity and Election Subversion Case

The US Supreme Court has made a critical ruling that former presidents are entitled to some level of immunity from criminal prosecution. This decision has major implications for the federal criminal case against Donald Trump, specifically regarding charges that he conspired to stop the transfer of power after the 2020 election.

The conservative majority on the court, which Trump had a hand in shaping, voted 6-3 to protect presidents from prosecution for official actions that fall within the scope of their duties. However, they also stated that presidents could face charges for unofficial conduct. This ruling significantly reduces the likelihood of Trump facing trial before the 2024 election.

Trump is accused of orchestrating a wide-ranging effort to undermine the election results, including spreading false claims of fraud, pressuring officials to open sham investigations, and attempting to persuade Vice President Mike Pence to obstruct Congress’s certification of Joe Biden’s win.

Although the Supreme Court sent the case back to the district judge for further review, it ultimately supports the idea that Trump’s actions may have been protected by his official role. This decision has sparked criticism from those who believe the case should be resolved before the next election.

Trump’s legal strategy has been to delay his federal criminal cases in the hopes of being re-elected and appointing a loyalist who would drop the charges. As a result, a trial in his election subversion case may not start until September at the earliest.

The court’s ruling has raised concerns about the politicization of the case and the potential implications for future presidential immunity. It remains to be seen how this decision will impact Trump’s legal battles and the broader conversation around presidential accountability.

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