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Trump Claims Presidential Immunity Should Shield Him from Charges Tied to 2020 Election

HeadlineJan 09, 2024

Donald Trump is expected to be inside a federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., today as his lawyers argue that the former president has absolute immunity from prosecution from charges that he tried to overthrow the 2020 election. Trump is claiming his actions were part of his official duties as president. But in a legal brief, special counsel Jack Smith has warned that granting Trump immunity from criminal prosecution would be “particularly dangerous” due to his efforts to try to remain in office beyond his term. On Monday, Trump’s legal team also filed a request to dismiss state charges in Georgia over election interference, citing presidential immunity. Trump’s court appearance in Washington comes less than a week before the January 15 caucus in Iowa.

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