U.S. Supreme Court rules that Trump has ‘Broad Immunity’ on official acts

July 1, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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WASHINGTON, DC — THE U.S. SUPREME COURT, IN A HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED DECISION, ruled 6-3 along partisan lines that former President Donald Trump, as well as other ex-presidents, have “broad immunity,” even when their actions “extend to outer perimeter’ of president’s official responsibilities. The Supreme Court also handed the case back to a lower court to determine the remaining merits of a Washington criminal case that Trump conspired to overturn his 2020 Presidential loss through obstruction and conspiracy, including his attempt to pressure Vice President Mike Pence to reject the election certification of Joe Biden. The opinion found Trump is “absolutely immune” from prosecution for alleged conduct involving discussions with the Justice Department. Trump is also “at least presumptively immune” from allegations that he tried to pressure Pence to reject certification of the vote. “In dividing official from unofficial conduct, courts may not inquire into the president’s motives,” Roberts wrote. “Nor may courts deem an action unofficial merely because it allegedly violates a generally applicable law.”

David Becker, an election law expert and the executive director of the nonprofit Center for Election Innovation and Research, told the Associated Press that  the breadth of immunity that the Supreme Court has now  granted to Trump is “incredibly broad” and “deeply disturbing,” pointing out that “Almost anything that a president does with the executive branch is characterized as an official act.”

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