US Appeals Court Rules Former President Trump Not Immune From Prosecution Over 2020 Election Charges



In a significant legal development, a US Federal appeals court has ruled that former President Donald Trump is not immune from prosecution regarding charges that he conspired to overturn the results of the 2020 election. This decision marks a pivotal moment, as it addresses Trump’s claim of immunity for acts committed during his presidency, which the court has rejected. The ruling opens the path for potential criminal proceedings, despite Trump’s defense that previous impeachment proceedings should render him exempt from further prosecution.

  • A US Federal appeals court has determined that Donald Trump does not have immunity from prosecution for efforts to overturn his 2020 election defeat.
  • The court’s 57-page ruling stated that Trump, as a former president, now holds the same legal status as any other citizen, rendering any executive immunity he might have had as president inapplicable in this case.
  • Trump’s defense team argued for immunity based on actions taken during his presidency and attempted a Double Jeopardy defense, citing his impeachment and subsequent acquittal. However, this argument was unsuccessful because impeachment is a political, not a criminal, process.
  • In response to the ruling, Trump’s campaign announced plans to appeal, emphasizing a constitutional argument to protect the presidency and the Constitution. The statement highlighted concerns over prosecuting a president for official acts.
  • Trump is expected to appeal the decision. It remains uncertain whether he will seek a review by the full DC circuit or appeal directly to the Supreme Court. He has until February 12 to decide on his course of action.
  • The outcome of this legal battle could have significant implications for the upcoming general election, especially if the Supreme Court decides to hear the case. Trump, who is likely to be the Republican Presidential nominee, may seek to delay the trial until after the election.

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