Internet divided as Donald Trump does not have presidential immunity from charges in 2020 election case

Internet divided as Donald Trump does not have presidential immunity from charges in 2020 election case
Donald Trump does not have absolute immunity in election interference case (Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC: Donald Trump faces a significant legal blow as the DC Court of Appeals has ruled that he can be prosecuted for the 2020 election interference case, dismissing his argument for presidential immunity.

As per the ruling on Tuesday, February 6, the former president who faces a litany of accusations spanning various controversies during his time in office is not exempt from the multiple criminal charges against him, reports People.

Donald Trump opposed the idea of prosecution for his actions during his presidency

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Donald Trump is not exempt from the various criminal charges against him (Getty Images)

Trump, who vehemently opposed the idea of facing prosecution for actions he took while in office, expressed discontent with the court's ruling.

"A president of the United States must have full immunity, without which it would be impossible for him/her to properly function," he wrote on Truth Social in January.

"Any mistake, even if well intended, would be met with almost certain indictment by the opposing party at term end," he continued.

"Even events that 'cross the line' must fall under total immunity, or it will be years of trauma trying to determine good from bad," Trump added.

In an earlier court hearing, Trump's attorney John Sauer argued that a criminal prosecution of a current or former president should require a prior impeachment and conviction.

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While the former president has been impeached twice by the US House of Representatives, he was acquitted by the Senate on both occasions.

However, legal experts have questioned whether these impeachment acquittals shield him from further legal jeopardy.

Despite the DC Court of Appeals' decision, the Supreme Court retains the authority to weigh in and potentially reverse the outcome.

The 77-year-old former president, who is currently running for president is expected to pursue this avenue, particularly given the absence of clear guidance regarding presidential immunity.

As a result of four criminal investigations, Trump faces a total of 91 felony counts. The accusations against him surround alleged Georgia election interference, the January, 2021, Capitol riot, his handling of classified documents at Mar-al-Largo, and hush money payments.

Internet says court ruling proves Donald Trump is not above the law

Following the court ruling on Trump not having "absolute" presidential immunity for his actions taken during his time in office, netizens weigh in on the former president's legal situation.

"Well not just Donald Trump, but any former President. And why should they have immunity to break laws others would be charged with? Surely no one should be above the law," a user wrote on X (formerly Twitter).


"If Donald Trump says he, as President, can do anything & not be breaking the law, America is dead & probably will not survive, & will not be remembered well by historians," a user opined.


"Nothing can save Donald Trump from what's coming for him," a user wrote while another tweeted, "Donald Trump will make America great again when he goes to prison!"



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