Court strips Trump of immunity for crimes committed during his presidency: he will appeal the decision
On Tuesday, February 6, the U.S.Federal Court of Appeals ruled that Donald Trump does not have presidential immunity from prosecution in the 2020 election interference case, namely, his involvement in the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Accordingly, Trump may be prosecuted.
This was reported by CNN. If the decision is upheld, it will allow the criminal case against Trump to continue.
In its opinion, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit stated that it upheld the lower court's decision, which deprives Donald Trump of absolute immunity from prosecution.
"For the purposes of this criminal case, former President Trump has become a citizen of the United States with all the protections of any other defendant. But any immunity that may have protected him when he was president no longer protects him from this prosecution," the court said in its opinion.
The decision of the federal appeals court is a serious blow to the key positions of Trump's defense in the case of undermining the federal elections brought against him by Special Counsel Jack Smith, the newspaper notes.
The court noted that if Trump's guilt is proven, his efforts to usurp the 2020 presidential election will be "an unprecedented attack on the structure of our government."
Trump is expected to appeal the decision either to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit or to the Supreme Court.
Earlier, a federal judge suspended the trial of former President Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election because his lawyers invoked Trump's presidential immunity.
As reported by OBOZ.UA, representatives of Colorado called on the US Supreme Court to uphold the court decision that bans odious American politician Donald Trump from participating in the state's Republican primaries. The reason was the storming of the Capitol in January 2021 by supporters of former President Trump.