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Donald Trump no longer immune by US court decision

A ruling by a federal appeals court has definitively stated that former President Donald Trump does not possess immunity from charges alleging he attempted to overturn the results of the 2020 election. This decision potentially creates a way for a criminal trial that could have far-reaching implications for the principle of presidential accountability in the United States.

This ruling rests on a legal challenge brought against Trump, claiming that his efforts to dispute the outcome of the 2020 presidential election crossed legal boundaries. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, comprised of a three-judge panel, unanimously rejected Trump’s assertion that his presidential role grants him blanket immunity against prosecution for actions undertaken during his presidency.

In their decision, the judges articulated a clear stance: the presidency does not place its former occupants beyond the reach of the law. “We cannot accept that the office of the Presidency places its former occupants above the law for all time thereafter,” they wrote. This statement highlights the court’s commitment to ensuring that the presidency is not seen as a shield against legal accountability.

The court concluded that while executive immunity may protect a sitting president from criminal charges, such protection does not extend indefinitely after leaving office. This ruling directly challenges Trump’s efforts to evade trial on charges.

The Reaction and Its Implications

The reaction to the court’s decision was swift and divided. A spokesperson for Trump’s campaign decried the ruling as a threat to the foundational principles of the Republic, arguing that without complete immunity, a President of the United States would be hindered in his or her duties. The spokesperson, Steven Cheung, confirmed Trump’s intention to appeal the decision, though it was not immediately clear whether the appeal would be directed first to the full D.C. Circuit Court or go directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.

On the other hand, the office of Special Counsel Jack Smith, leading the prosecution, declined to comment on the ruling. This silence speaks volumes, reflecting perhaps a measured approach to a highly charged and politically sensitive case.

The judges addressed the hypothetical scenario set during the hearings, questioning whether a president who orders an assassination of a political rival could escape prosecution without congressional intervention. Their ruling firmly stated that granting such immunity would provide presidents with unchecked authority to commit crimes, effectively nullifying fundamental checks on executive power, such as the recognition and implementation of election results.

With Trump vowing to appeal, the case will remain paused, giving him time to seek a review by the U.S. Supreme Court. The outcome of this appeal could further clarify the limits of presidential immunity and set new legal standards.

Publisher and editor of LJLNews. I am a Stock Market enthusiast, with an interest for politics. I hope you enjoy reading the articles! Contact me at: Lazaruslucas@ljlnews.com

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