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The Supreme Court partly agrees with Trump on immunity: The president has immunity for his actions within his office

The Supreme Court partly agrees with Trump on immunity: The president has immunity for his actions within his office

The US Supreme Court has ruled that Donald Trump enjoys a certain degree of immunity for actions he took during his presidency. A clear distinction is made between three types of actions.

Trump enjoys “absolute immunity” for actions he committed while in office. This relates to actions that fall exclusively within his constitutional powers. This power includes, among other things, the right to pardon a person or the right to form his government. According to the court, this immunity is necessary to prevent the president from having to worry unnecessarily about the potential harm that a decision might cause.

Actions taken by the President during official occasions are at least a “presumption of immunity.” The court also added attempts to pressure his deputy, Mike Pence, not to certify the results of the 2020 elections in Congress.

Then the court is also clear about unofficial acts or actions. In this case, the president, including Donald Trump, does not enjoy immunity.

The court is now sending the case back to the court in Washington, which must determine whether Trump formally acted as president or committed unofficial acts during the storming of the Capitol and the rally that preceded it. The likelihood that the court will make a decision on this matter before the presidential elections scheduled for November 5 is slim.

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