Court Rules Against Presidential Immunity

February 6, 2024

We cannot accept that the office of the Presidency places its former occupants above the law for all time thereafter.

Judges sitting on the federal appeals court in a decision on whether or not former President Trump can be criminal prosecuted for alleged crimes that took place while in office.

Why This Matters: Questions continue to linger about whether any former president may or may not be criminal prosecuted; a former president has never been criminal charged with a crime in American history.

The ruling today allows the criminal prosecution against former President Trump to proceed regarding a federal case alleging election interference in 2020.

President Trump’s team says they will appeal and argue that the threat of criminal prosecution against any president will negatively impact the presidency for future generations.

An appeal to today’s decision may put this question before the Supreme Court, where a ruling could answer this question once and for all.

Trump is not immune from prosecution in his 2020 election interference case, US appeals court says

The opinion

by Jenna Lee,