Supreme Court grants partial immunity to Trump

Supreme Court grants partial immunity to Trump
Supreme Court grants partial immunity to Trump

The Supreme Court thus sent back to lower courts the question of Mr. Trump’s criminal immunity, further delaying the holding of the federal trial of the Republican candidate for a new term in the White House in the presidential election next November against the current president, Joe Biden.

The ruling makes it virtually impossible to hold the trial in Washington, where the former president is accused of trying to illegally overturn the results of the 2020 election, before the next election.

The high court’s verdict comes days after a televised debate in which Donald Trump emerged victorious over Biden, who delivered a poor performance.

On his Truth Social network, the former president hailed a “great victory for our constitution and our democracy.”

The verdict was heavily criticized by the opposing camp. The judges “have just given Trump the keys to a dictatorship,” lamented one of Joe Biden’s campaign officials, Quentin Fulks.

A possible victory for the Republican candidate would then allow him to ask the Justice Department to drop the charges.

“Under our constitutional separation of powers structure, the nature of presidential power provides a former president with absolute immunity from criminal prosecution for acts within his constitutional authority,” the court wrote in a 6-3 decision that illustrated the divide between conservative and progressive justices.

The president “cannot be sued for exercising his core constitutional powers, and he is entitled, at a minimum, to a presumption of immunity from prosecution for all of his official acts,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court.

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