Trump Appeals To Supreme Court For Immunity: Claims Future Presidents At Risk

Former President Donald Trump’s legal team has petitioned the Supreme Court, arguing for an extension in the trial delay tied to Special Counsel Jack Smith’s 2020 election interference case.

Trump, asserting presidential immunity, contends that criminal prosecution threatens the very fabric of the presidency.

“Without immunity from criminal prosecution, the Presidency as we know it will cease to exist,” Trump’s attorneys assert in their appeal.

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The emergency appeal, filed just days after a D.C. appeals court rejected Trump’s immunity claim, seeks temporary relief to prevent the trial from proceeding. It argues that subjecting a former president to prosecution sets a dangerous precedent, opening the door to politically motivated attacks on future officeholders.

“If the prosecution of a President is upheld, such prosecutions will recur and become increasingly common, ushering in destructive cycles of recrimination,” the appeal states.

Trump’s legal team emphasizes the potential chilling effect of criminal prosecution on presidential decision-making, alleging that it could lead to extortion and blackmail by political opponents.

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“A threat will hang like a millstone around every future President’s neck, distorting Presidential decision-making,” the filing reads.

A spokesperson for Trump characterized the appeal as a “powerhouse filing,” highlighting its significance in safeguarding the integrity of the presidency.

“As President Trump’s powerhouse Supreme Court filing explains, if immunity is not granted to a President, every future President who leaves office will face the prospect of being wrongfully indicted by the opposing party,” the spokesperson stated.

The appeal follows a decision by Judge Tanya Chutkan to delay the trial, citing the pending Supreme Court involvement. Smith’s charges against Trump, including conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of an official proceeding, stem from investigations into the Capitol riot and alleged election interference.

As the legal battle unfolds, the Supreme Court’s decision on the immunity question could have far-reaching implications for the balance of power between the executive branch and the justice system. Trump’s quest for immunity represents not just a legal maneuver but a fundamental challenge to the constraints of presidential accountability.

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