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Trump Campaign Vows to Appeal Immunity Ruling to Supreme Court

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A federal appeals court ruled that former President Donald Trump does not have immunity from prosecution for alleged crimes committed while in office.

The Trump campaign plans to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court, arguing that the current prosecution threatens the presidency and the Constitution.

The court’s decision allows for Trump to be put on trial in 2024 for his alleged involvement in attempting to overturn the 2020 election and the events related to the riot at the U.S. Capitol.

“If immunity is not granted to a President, every future President who leaves office will be immediately indicted by the opposing party. Without complete immunity, a President of the United States would not be able to properly function!” Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung said.

“Deranged Jack Smith’s prosecution of President Trump for his Presidential, official acts is unconstitutional under the doctrine of Presidential Immunity and the Separation of Powers,” he said.

“Prosecuting a President for official acts violates the Constitution and threatens the bedrock of our Republic. President Trump respectfully disagrees with the DC Circuit’s decision and will appeal it in order to safeguard the Presidency and the Constitution,” Cheung said.

“For the purpose of this criminal case, former President Trump has become citizen Trump, with all of the defenses of any other criminal defendant,” D.C. Circuit judges stated. “But any executive immunity that may have protected him while he served as President no longer protects him against this prosecution.”

“We conclude that the interest in criminal accountability, held by both the public and the Executive Branch, outweighs the potential risks of chilling Presidential action and permitting vexatious litigation,” the judges wrote.

“Instead of inhibiting the President’s lawful discretionary action, the prospect of federal criminal liability might serve as a structural benefit to deter possible abuses of power and criminal behavior,” they wrote.

The ruling has been met with criticism from Trump’s camp, with Donald Trump Jr. calling it “partisan hackery” and expressing concerns about the implications for future presidential actions and potential partisan reprisals.

“No one who’s been watching is shocked by this partisan hackery but here we go. DC appeals court has ruled that Trump does not have presidential immunity that would shield him in the J6 case. Time for SCOTUS to step in,” Donald Trump Jr. said.

“If POTUS doesn’t have immunity they’ll be incapable of action for fear of future partisan reprisal. That endangers the United States and sets a terrible precedent. If this becomes the norm would a Trump DOJ prosecute Obama for droning an American? If not why not?”

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