SCOTUS Rules Trump Immune in ‘Official Acts’

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People protest outside of the Supreme Court, Monday, July 1, 2024, after court decisions were announced in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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The U.S. Supreme Court has decided that Donald Trump is fully immune from prosecution when it comes to “official acts,” but not immune when it comes to “unofficial acts.” In the 6-3 decision along ideological lines, the high court said, “The nature of Presidential power entitles a former President to absolute immunity from criminal prosecution for actions within his conclusive and preclusive constitutional authority.”

In her dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said, “Long-term consequences of today’s decision are stark. The Court effectively creates a law-free zone around the President, upsetting the status quo that has existed since the Founding.”

The Supreme Court opinion in former President Donald Trump’s immunity case is photographed Monday, July 1, 2024. In a historic ruling the justices said for the first time former presidents can be shielded from prosecution for at least some of what they do in the Oval Office. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson called the ruling “a five-alarm fire.”

The decision presents a significant challenge to Prosecutor Jack Smith as he pursues the prosecution of Trump for federal election interference in the 2020 election.

The case now returns to the lower court where U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan will have to decide the big question: What is an official versus unofficial act?


Click play to listen to the report from AURN White House Correspondent Ebony McMorris. For more news, follow @E_N_McMorris & @aurnonline.

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