A federal appeals court has ruled that former President Donald Trump can be prosecuted for alleged crimes related to the 2020 election, marking a considerable setback to his defense strategy. The court’s decision emphasizes that Trump, now a private citizen, does not retain the executive immunity that might have shielded him from prosecution during his presidency. This unanimous decision was delivered by a panel comprising two judges nominated by President Joe Biden and one nominated by former President George H.W. Bush, underscoring its bipartisan nature.
The ruling allows Trump the option to escalate the matter to the Supreme Court or request a full hearing by the D.C. Circuit Court.
Before the court issued its decision, Trump wrote Monday on Truth Social: “IF IMMUNITY IS NOT GRANTED TO A PRESIDENT, EVERY PRESIDENT THAT LEAVES OFFICE WILL BE IMMEDIATELY INDICTED BY THE OPPOSING PARTY. WITHOUT COMPLETE IMMUNITY, A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO PROPERLY FUNCTION!”
The court disagreed and stated this as part of their ruling: “Any executive immunity that may have protected him while he served as President no longer protects him against this prosecution,”