Supreme Court appears skeptical of Donald Trump’s claim of absolute immunity

Supreme Court appears skeptical of Donald Trump’s claim of absolute immunity

Washington It is likely that the Supreme Court reject the former president’s claim on Thursday donald trump of absolute immunity from prosecution for election interference, but several justices noted reservations about the charges that could cause a long delay, possibly beyond the November elections.

Most justices did not appear to embrace the claim for absolute immunity that would stop special counsel Jack Smith’s prosecution of Trump, accused of plotting to overturn his 2020 election loss to Democrat Joe Biden. But in arguments that lasted more than two and a half hours in the court’s first consideration of criminal charges against a former president, several conservative justices indicated they could limit when former presidents could be prosecuted, suggesting the case may have to be sent back to lower courts. before any trial could begin.

Justice Samuel Alito said that “What we decide will apply to all future presidents.”

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