Shocking ruling in Donald Trump’s immunity case

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The US Supreme Court ruled Donald Trump has broad immunity from criminal prosecution for actions taken in office as president.

According to AFR, The court ruled that former presidents are not subject to prosecution for their official actions but can be for private ones. Three liberal members dissented, with the six conservative justices in the majority.

The landmark ruling made on on Monday (Tuesday AEST) effectively eliminates the former president’s hopes of facing trial before the November election on allegations of attempting to overturn the 2020 election.

“Under our constitutional structure of separated powers, the nature of presidential power entitles a former president to absolute immunity from criminal prosecution for actions within his conclusive and preclusive constitutional authority,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the US court.

“And he is entitled to at least presumptive immunity from prosecution for all his official acts. There is no immunity for unofficial acts.”

The judgment indicates that if Trump wins the election, he may appoint an attorney general who will attempt to drop the case against him, as well as any other federal charges he faces. Trump might also attempt to pardon himself if he reclaims the White House.

Source: AFR

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