US Supreme Court to rule on Trump immunity claim

Donald Trump has argued that he is immune from criminal prosecution amid numerous legal battles. The court's decision to rule on the matter will delay his election interference trial significantly

Trump faces 91 criminal charges and he was also recently ordered to pay a massive civil fraud penalty. (photo: DW)
Trump faces 91 criminal charges and he was also recently ordered to pay a massive civil fraud penalty. (photo: DW)


The US Supreme Court on Wednesday said that it will decide on former US President Donald Trump's claim of immunity from prosecution.

What is the impact of the top court's decision?

The judges of the Supreme Court have decided to hear arguments from April 22 onwards as it will review a lower court's rejection of Trump's claim of immunity from prosecution.

The Supreme Court proceedings scheduled for April will now be based solely on one question: "Whether and if so to what extent does a former president enjoy presidential immunity from criminal prosecution for conduct alleged to involve official acts during his tenure in office."

The Supreme Court, which has a conservative majority and includes three judges appointed by Trump, said that it was not "expressing a view on the merits" of a lower court's ruling that rejected Trump's immunity claim.

The verdict is expected by the end of the court's current term in June.

This development will delay a key criminal trial against Trump while he attempts a return to the presidency.

Trump's federal trial was slated for March 4 for plotting to reverse the election results in 2020, where he was defeated by Democrat Joe Biden. He has pleaded not guilty in the case, which was brought forward by Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith.

Trump welcomes the move

Trump, the first former president to be prosecuted in a criminal case, has defended the court's decision.

"Without Presidential Immunity, a President will not be able to properly function, or make decisions, in the best interest of the United States of America," he said in a post on his Truth Social platform.

"He must not be guided by the fear of retribution!"

"Presidents will always be concerned, and even paralyzed, by the prospect of wrongful prosecution and retaliation after they leave office. This could actually lead to the extortion and blackmail of a President."

Trump has three other pending criminal cases in addition to his federal election interference trial. He has also pleaded not guilty in all three of them.

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Published: 29 Feb 2024, 3:59 PM