(VitalNews.org) – Donald Trump has faced multiple legal cases since his presidency ended in 2020. Just recently, the United States courts have stated that Donald Trump does not have “Presidential immunity” and that he can’t use it as a reason to combat charges he’s currently facing.
Donald Trump claimed that he was excused from criminal charges after being charged with acts that “fell within his duties as president” and therefore stated that he had Presidential immunity. However, in a ruling on Tuesday, Washington D.C. voted completely against this.
“We cannot accept former President Trump’s claim that a president has unbounded authority to commit crimes that would neutralize the most fundamental check on executive power – the recognition and implementation of election results,” the D.C. Court of Appeals wrote. They continued, “For the purpose of this criminal case, former President Trump has become citizen Trump, with all of the defenses of any other criminal defendant.”
A spokesperson, Steven Cheung, said that Trump “respectfully disagrees with the DC Circuit’s decision and will appeal it.” If he continues with an appeal, it will go to the Supreme Court where they will vote on it.
Cheung continued, “If immunity is not granted to a president, every future president who leaves office will be immediately indicted by the opposing party. Without complete immunity, a president of the United States would not be able to properly function.”
Judge Tanya Chutkan wrote saying that the presidency “does not confer a lifelong ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ pass”. Other judges suggested that immunity would allow the presidents to commit other illegal acts like “order an assassination of a political rival” or “sell state secrets without being concerned about criminal prosecution.”
Donald Trump is currently facing multiple charges that range from conspiring to overturn the 2020 election and taking part in the January 6 Capitol Riot. He’s also faced charges and legal action for his real estate dealings in New York City, among other charges involving multiple parties.
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