Trump Returns to Court Seeking Presidential Immunity


The E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Federal Courthouse is seen before the arrival of former President Donald Trump Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, in Washington. With Donald Trump present for the first time in months, federal appeals court judges in Washington expressed deep skepticism Tuesday that the former president was immune from prosecution on charges that he plotted to overturn the results of the 2020 election. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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Today in Washington, D.C., a pivotal court hearing takes center stage as former President Donald Trump returns to the federal courthouse.

The crux of this high-stakes legal battle? Whether Trump can be prosecuted for his alleged role in scheming to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

Trump’s defense team argues for immunity, asserting that a president’s actions while in office, including alleged attempts to manipulate electoral outcomes, should be beyond the reach of criminal prosecution. The strategy aims to delay the trial, potentially pushing it past the November election.

FILE – Former President Donald Trump arrives to board his plane at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Aug. 3, 2023. Trump is set to return for the first time in months to the federal courthouse in Washington as an appeals court hears arguments on whether the former president is immune from prosecution on charges that he plotted to overturn the results of the 2020 election.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Prosecution is countering this, challenging the notion of absolute presidential immunity. They argue that Trump’s actions, specifically his alleged plot to enlist fake electors and pressure former Vice President Pence to reject valid electoral votes on January 6, 2021, exceed the limits of presidential duties and should not be shielded from legal accountability.

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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