Americans Aren’t Buying Trump’s Immunity Claims

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( – On Wednesday, the Marquette Law School survey found that over half of Americans believe that former President Donald Trump should not have immunity from prosecution over the crimes he had allegedly committed during his time in office. 

According to a recent survey, 56 percent of respondents argued that Trump should not be granted immunity from criminal prosecution for his official acts. Sixty-two percent held the same view for “former presidents” in general. 

Pollsters pointed out during the survey that Trump has made immunity claims in connection to the election interference case brought forward against him by special counsel Jack Smith. The case revolves around Trump’s actions during the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack and his overall attempts to overturn the presidential election results. Prosecutors have argued that Trump was part of a conspiracy to defraud the United States and was at the center of a campaign looking to block the certification of Joe Biden’s victory on that day. 

Former President Trump and his lawyers have repeatedly claimed that all of the actions that Trump had taken until Jan. 6 were protected by presidential immunity. This is an issue that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to look into, and has set the oral arguments to start on April 22 on an expedited schedule. The landmark decision is going to be handed down before late June. 

The majority of Democrats, 89 percent, have rejected the immunity argument. However, 55 percent of Republicans have argued that Trump should be granted immunity from prosecution for official acts. 

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