Supreme Court Says Trump Has 'Absolute Immunity' For Official Acts

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some of Donald Trump's actions to overturn the 2020 election are protected from criminal charges.

The Supreme Court decided on Monday about Donald Trump's claim of presidential immunity. They ruled that some of his actions to overturn the election are protected from criminal charges.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that former presidents have "absolute immunity" for actions taken within their official powers. This means they are generally protected from prosecution for official acts but not unofficial ones, according to CBS News.

The court sent the case back to a lower court to decide if Trump's actions were official or unofficial, which will likely delay the case and make it unlikely to go to trial before the November election.

Trump is accused of trying to overturn the 2020 election in several ways, including obstructing the certification of election results, defrauding the government, and disenfranchising voters. Specifically, he is alleged to have spread false claims about election fraud, attempted to create fake elector slates, pressured justice department officials to investigate fake election fraud claims, and urged his vice-president, Mike Pence, to block Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s victory.

In a statement, a senior Biden campaign adviser said:

Today’s ruling doesn’t change the facts, so let’s be very clear about what happened on January 6: Donald Trump snapped after he lost the 2020 election and encouraged a mob to overthrow the results of a free and fair election. Trump is already running for president as a convicted felon for the very same reason he sat idly by while the mob violently attacked the Capitol: he thinks he’s above the law and is willing to do anything to gain and hold on to power for himself. Since January 6, Trump has only grown more unhinged. He’s promising to be a dictator ‘on day one,’ calling for our Constitution to be ‘terminated’ so he can regain power, and promising a “bloodbath” if he loses. The American people already rejected Donald Trump’s self-obsessed quest for power once – Joe Biden will make sure they reject it for good in November.


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