Appeals Rule On Trump Immunity Claim 

Daily Report February 07,2024

A liberal federal court on Tuesday ruled against former President Donald Trump after he argued that the presidential immunity protects him from the January 6 charges brought against him.

The D.C. Court of Appeals ruled that Trump is not protected under the presidential immunity clause and must face the charges like any other “criminal defendant.”

“For the purpose of this criminal case, former President Trump has become citizen Trump, with all of the defenses of any other criminal defendant,” the D.C. Circuit judges wrote. “But any executive immunity that may have protected him while he served as President no longer protects him against this prosecution.”

Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung vowed in a statement to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court.

“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!” Cheung said. “Deranged Jack Smith’s prosecution of President Trump for his Presidential, official acts is unconstitutional under the doctrine of Presidential Immunity and the Separation of Powers. Prosecuting a President for official acts violates the Constitution and threatens the bedrock of our Republic. President Trump respectfully disagrees with the DC Circuit’s decision and will appeal it in order to safeguard the Presidency and the Constitution.”

While the ruling comes as a victory for Special Counsel Jack Smith, Fox News legal analyst and George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley maintains the former president’s legal team had its own victory. In an interview on Fox News, Turley argued that Trump’s team gained more time and delayed the ruling, dealing a significant blow to Smith’s plans for a March 4 trial.

“The most practical impact of this appeal was indeed the delay that it caused. It was very important for the Trump team to try to push this trial back. They succeeded in doing that, as you mentioned,” Turley said. “Now, the next stage here is that they can ask for review of the entire court — what’s called an en-banc petition. That has to be reviewed and voted on even if they reject it. And that will take some time. And then they will no doubt appeal to the Supreme Court, which is — now has a considerable stack on the desks of these justices, including election-related cases.”

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