Supreme Court rules Trump has immunity for official, not private acts

by ian

The Supreme Court ruled today that former President Donald Trump cannot be prosecuted for any actions within his constitutional powers as president.

The ruling was 6-3 with all conservatives in favor, and all three liberal justices dissenting. The majority opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, held that:

…the nature of Presidential power entitles a former President to absolute immunity from criminal prosecution for actions within his conclusive and preclusive constitutional authority. And he is entitled to at least presumptive immunity from prosecution for all his official acts.

However, the court said that Trump is not given immunity for any private acts while in office. The ruling will impact a sweeping case brought against the former president by Special Counsel Jack Smith regarding Trump’s activity before and on January 6, 2020.

Trump hailed the ruling in a social media post, writing: “BIG WIN FOR OUR CONSTITUTION AND DEMOCRACY.”