Biden Rejects Presidential Immunity?

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( – President Biden recently expressed his viewpoint on the issue of presidential immunity from prosecution, a topic that has gained significant attention due to former President Trump’s legal battles. In response to a reporter’s question, President Biden stated that he couldn’t identify a single reason why presidents should be granted absolute immunity from prosecution, as reported by Bloomberg.

This statement from President Biden came on a Saturday as he prepared to leave the White House for Camp David, where he intended to spend the Christmas holiday. Meanwhile, former President Trump’s legal team had been actively pushing for the dismissal of a federal election interference case against him. They argued that Trump’s actions should be shielded by presidential immunity.

Previously, Trump had made a similar argument before Judge Tanya Chutkan, who oversaw the case. However, Judge Chutkan ruled against this claim, emphasizing that holding the position of president does not grant a lifelong “get-out-of-jail-free” card.

Special counsel Jack Smith had requested the Supreme Court’s intervention to rule on Trump’s immunity argument and expedite the trial, which was scheduled for March. However, the Supreme Court opted not to address the issue in an unsigned, one-sentence order, leaving it to the appeals court.

The appeals court is set to hold a hearing early next month to further consider the arguments in this case. Notably, Trump faces various felony charges in the federal election case, including conspiracy to defraud the United States and conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding. Trump maintains his innocence and asserts that these charges are politically motivated.

In their filing to the appeals court, Trump’s legal team argued that the actions mentioned in the indictment were official actions carried out under the authority of the presidency. They contended that any criminal prosecution for such official acts should require impeachment by the House and conviction by the Senate. This legal battle continues to be a topic of significant debate and legal scrutiny.

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