A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that former US President Donald Trump does not have immunity from charges related to his attempt to overturn the results of the presidential election he lost in 2020, bringing him closer to an unprecedented criminal trial.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected Trump's request not to prosecute him because the charges were related to his official responsibilities as president at the time.
“It is unacceptable for the office of the President to hold its former occupants above the law at all times,” the committee said in reasoning for its unanimous decision.
The court concluded that the “executive immunity” that may have protected Trump from criminal charges while he was president “no longer protects him from prosecution.”
The ruling reverses Trump's efforts not to be prosecuted on charges of undermining US democracy and obstructing the transfer of power, as he seeks the Republican Party's nomination to run in next November's presidential elections. Want to maintain his position as the foremost candidate. ,
The case will be pending at least until next Monday to give Trump the opportunity to appeal to the US Supreme Court.
The panel said granting Trump immunity in this case would give presidents “unlimited power to commit crimes that would undermine basic checks imposed on the executive power, (such as) recognizing and enforcing election results.”
Trump is being prosecuted on four criminal counts, ranging from obtaining top-secret documents to trying to overturn the results of the last election, which he lost to Democrat Joe Biden.