US Supreme Court Weighs Trump’s Bid for Immunity from Prosecution

US Supreme Court Weighs Trump's Bid for Immunity from Prosecution

In the final argument, the Supreme Court will decide on Thursday at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT) whether former President Donald Trump can avoid facing criminal charges over the conspiracy to overturn the outcome of the 2020 election.

This will also determine whether his trial in Washington, D.C., can happen and affect his trials in Florida and Georgia.

Jury selection is underway in a Manhattan courtroom as former President Donald Trump faces Hush Money charges related to a payment made to ad**t star Stormy Daniels.

The payment, often referred to as ‘hush money,’ was allegedly made to keep Daniels from disclosing an alleged affair with Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

While Trump is the first president to be criminally prosecuted, the incident in question occurred before he took office.

Last summer, Donald Trump was charged with four crimes related to the investigation into the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by Special Counsel Jack Smith.

This indicates Trump’s spreading false claims about election fraud, which caused a lot of distrust.

Then, he allegedly organized three criminal plans to disrupt the process of counting and certifying the results of the presidential election, which is a crucial job of the U.S. government.

After the D.C. Circuit upheld Judge Chutkan’s ruling and rejected Trump’s immunity claims, they told Trump that their decision would take effect on February 12 unless he asked the Supreme Court to step in.

US Supreme Court Weighs Trump Bid for Immunity from Prosecution
US Supreme Court Weighs Trump’s Bid for Immunity from Prosecution

So, Trump asked the Supreme Court to delay the D.C. Circuit’s ruling, allowing him time to appeal their decision.

He argued that the matter should be carefully considered. Meanwhile, the prosecutor, Smith, said Trump’s trial should proceed without any further delays.

In his brief at the Supreme Court, Trump says that allowing the charges against him would seriously harm the independence of the presidency.

He argues that if a president can be prosecuted for things they did while in office after they leave, it would make it hard for future presidents to do their job.

Trump refers to an article by Brett Kavanaugh, saying that “a President who is concerned about an ongoing criminal investigation is almost inevitably going to do a worse job as President.

“ The same is true, Trump continues, “if that criminal investigation is waiting in the wings until he leaves office.”

Trump asks the Supreme Court to reject a theory used by the appeals court that says a president can’t be immune from prosecution if they were trying to stay in power illegally.

He argues that the Supreme Court has already said courts shouldn’t review a president’s actions, and the reason behind the actions doesn’t matter when deciding immunity.

Smith, detains the Trump objection and says this case is really important because it deals with two big principles: making sure the presidency works well and making sure everyone follows the law.

He says Trump’s actions, if proven in court, were a big attack on how our government is set up.

While the Department of Justice usually doesn’t prosecute sitting presidents because it might mess up how the government works, that doesn’t apply to Trump anymore since he’s not president.

Smith thinks it’s crucial to show that nobody, not even a president, is above the law.

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