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Appeals Court Rejects Trump’s Claim to Immunity from Prosecution

HeadlineFeb 07, 2024

A federal appeals court has unanimously rejected Donald Trump’s claim that he’s immune from federal prosecution for his efforts to overturn the 2020 election. In its ruling, the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit wrote, “We cannot accept former President Trump’s claim that a President has unbounded authority to commit crimes that would neutralize the most fundamental check on executive power — the recognition and implementation of election results.” The judges went on to write, “Nor can we sanction his apparent contention that the Executive has carte blanche to violate the rights of individual citizens to vote and to have their votes count.” Trump has vowed to appeal the ruling, possibly to the Supreme Court. During oral arguments last month, Trump’s legal team claimed the former president should have full immunity to do anything — even assassinate political opponents.

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