Trump’s Biggest Victory Ever!

( – Justice has finally triumphed, with Donald Trump achieving his biggest legal victory ever, as the United States Supreme Court has ruled that the former president has immunity and is shielded from criminal prosecution for actions he took officially in office.

At the same time, the highest court of the land decided that Trump is liable for any unofficial acts, National Review reports.

This nuanced distinction will likely postpone the ongoing prosecution efforts by US Special Counsel Jack Smith concerning Trump’s attempts to challenge the 2020 election results.

In a decision reflecting ideological divisions, a 6-3 majority, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, emphasized the clear line between acts within presidential duties and personal actions.

The majority opinion sent the case back to a lower court for further examination and factual determination.

“Under our constitutional structure of separated powers, 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. There is no immunity for unofficial acts,” Chief Justice Roberts clarified.

Dissenting from this majority were the three liberal justices, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Ketanji Brown Jackson.

“Today’s decision to grant former presidents criminal immunity reshapes the institution of the presidency. It makes a mockery of the principle, foundational to our Constitution and system of government, that no man is above the law,” Justice Sotomayor expressed.

The core of the legal challenge revolved around Trump’s actions during his term, including his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results and his involvement in the January 6 events at the US Capitol.

Despite lower courts dismissing these immunity claims, the Supreme Court’s decision to focus on the differentiation between official and unofficial acts ensures further delay in the proceedings as the 2024 presidential election approaches, with Trump as the presumptive GOP nominee, the report observes.

Further implications of the ruling include the need for the district court in D.C. to determine the official nature of various communications by Trump, such as his discussions with Vice President Mike Pence about the certification of the election results and his interactions concerning the January 6 events.

The ruling also explicitly states that Trump’s communications with Justice Department officials fall within the protected scope of presidential immunity.

Chief Justice Roberts also responded to the dissenting opinions by emphasizing the limited scope of the immunity granted and indicated that the court’s role was to establish the framework within which the lower court should analyze the facts.

“Trump asserts a far broader immunity than the limited one we have recognized,” he noted, and minimized the dissenters’ warnings as overly dramatic.

Meanwhile, Justice Clarence Thomas, in his concurrence, raised questions about the legal foundation of Smith’s appointment as special counsel, suggesting this issue needs resolution before further proceedings.

The report observes that this landmark decision, while establishing certain protections for actions taken within the scope of presidential duties, leaves open significant questions about the extent of Trump’s immunity, setting the stage for continued legal battles and a potentially delayed resolution ahead of the next presidential election.

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