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U.S. Supreme Court Likely To Limit Trump’s Immunity In January 6th Case: Legal Experts

Trump Immunity Ruling. Legal experts weigh in on the case, which the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on on June 28.

Trump Immunity Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to announce its decision on Donald Trump’s immunity from prosecution this week. Trump is involved in this case due to his role in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Some legal scholars predict much of the Department of Justice’s case against him will remain intact. According to Constitutional Law Fellow Mathew Seligman from Stanford Law School, “The Supreme Court won’t grant immunity to a President for any actions during office. Former President Trump hasn’t even requested this.” June 28 is the potential release date for the ruling.

In April, the case included about 2-1/2 hours of arguments, during which most Justices seemed unlikely to support Trump’s claim of “absolute immunity” for presidential acts. Trump’s assertion faltered under questioning about hypothetical crimes, including by conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

U.S. Supreme Court Bench

Conservative Justices hold a 6-3 majority on the Supreme Court and have expressed concerns about presidential immunity, particularly for less severe acts. However, the specifics of their ruling remain uncertain following arguments on presidential powers.

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Legal Opinion

Richard Painter a Law Professor at the University of Minnesota and a Former Chief White House Ethics Lawyer had this to say. “The President of the United States does not have an official duty to declare himself the winner of an election and, to say, well, gee, because I’m president, I could prevent election fraud. And election fraud occurs whenever I lose. And therefore, even though Joe Biden got 8 million votes more than I did, you know, I can start claiming election fraud in my official capacity and committing all these alleged crimes. Now the government has to prove these crimes. But I doubt very much, that the court’s going to rule against Jack Smith on these specific criminal charges.”

‘Trumped Up’ Charges

Seeking to regain the White House this year, Trump appealed after lower courts denied his request for immunity. He wants immunity from four election-related criminal charges. He argued that his actions leading to indictment by Special Counsel Jack Smith occurred while he served as President.

(With Reuters Inputs)

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