A federal appeals court ruled that former US President Donald Trump is not immune from prosecution and may face trial for conspiracy to annul the 2020 election.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit noted that Trump’s claim of immunity from criminal responsibility for his actions in the White House lacks backing in precedent, history, or the Constitution.
This ruling represents a major legal setback for Trump, 77, who is considered a favorite for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024. A spokesman for the former Republican president announced that they will appeal the decision “to safeguard the Presidency and the Constitution.”
“If a president is not guaranteed immunity, any future ruler will face immediate charges from the opposition party,” said Steven Cheung after hearing the appeal court’s decision. “Without full immunity, a president of the United States could not properly perform his role!” he added.
The appeals court suspended the immunity decision until next Monday, giving Trump the opportunity to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The latter court decides whether to accept the case or uphold the judgement of the Court of Appeal.
Trump’s trial, scheduled for March 4 for conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election results won by Democrat Joe Biden, was postponed by the district judge in charge of the case, who was awaiting a ruling on the immunity issue by the appeals court.
District Judge Tanya Chutkan, who will preside over Trump’s election interference trial, rejected the immunity claim in December. In the past month, the three judges who heard the appeal were also unconvinced by the arguments presented by Trump.
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