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US Supreme Court expected to rule on Trump’s immunity claim today – Firstpost

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Former US President Donald Trump has argued that he as the president has absolute immunity for all acts during his term and the immunity applies after leaving office as well
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The US Supreme Court is expected to rule on Monday on former President Donald Trump’s claim of immunity from prosecution.

The ruling has been described as one “for the ages”. The ruling will decide the direction of four criminal cases against Trump. A lower court has previously ruled that Trump is just like any other citizen after leaving the presidency and is subject to the same criminal justice procedures as any other citizen.

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Trump has argued that he as the President of the United States has absolute immunity for official acts while in office and that this immunity applies after leaving office as well, according to The Hill. He and his lawyers have argued that this immunity stops any prosecution attempts regarding his actions on January 7, 2021 when he triggered a mob that attacked the US Capitol to overturn the 2020 presidential election result.

Even though it has widely been reported that Trump’s arguments do not hold much merit, the Supreme Court is currently dominated by conservative judges. Three of these conservative judges were appointed by Trump and they are seen as being friendly with him. It is therefore not known how the court’s conservative majority will rule in the case.

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“We are writing a rule for the ages,” said Justice Neil Gorsuch in April, one of the Trump-appointees to the Supreme Court.

“This case has huge implications for the presidency, for the future of the presidency, for the future of the country,” said Justice Brett Kavanaugh, another conservative whom Trump appointed.

During arguments in April, the judges appeared largely skeptical of his claims, with some questioning whether the case Trump made meant a president could “commit crimes with abandon”, according to AFP.

The verdict, the second in a case against him in weeks, comes as the election campaign is in full swing. Trump has argued that he is being punished as part of a large conspiracy. He has also indicated that he would pardon himself if he wins the election this year.

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