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Status: 01.07.2024 22:25

The US Supreme Court has granted former President Trump partial immunity from prison prosecution. While he himself is cheering, Democrats and Capitol Police officers are reacting with outrage.

Claudia Sarre

For former President Donald Trump, the Supreme Court's ruling was a colossal triumph: a victory for the Constitution and democracy, he rejoiced on his Truth Social community. The 78-year-old had already expressed his pleasure in a podcast that the ruling would have a larger influence on his Democratic opponent Joe Biden than on him.

The Supreme Court, with its conservative majority, dominated that US presidents are protected against prosecution, at the least when finishing up official duties. However, there isn’t any immunity for unofficial acts. A decrease courtroom must make clear whether or not Trump's try and affect the election was an official or unofficial act. This makes it more and more unlikely that Trump shall be dropped at trial earlier than the election on November 5.

Trump supporters have a good time verdict

Trump's supporters, resembling Republican Senator JD Vance, additionally celebrated the decide's ruling. This may destroy particular counsel Jack Smith's lawsuit in opposition to the president, Vance wrote on X. Smith is investigating Trump for making an attempt to affect the election and for his position within the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Adam Kinzinger, Republican and fierce Trump opponent, criticized on CNN what he believes to be full exoneration of the occasions of January 6, 2021.

Sharp criticism from Democrats

The Democrats reacted indignantly to the Supreme Court's evaluation. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer described the ruling on Platform X as a “disgraceful decision” that allowed the previous president to weaken democracy by breaking the regulation.

Nancy Pelosi, the previous Speaker of the House of Representatives, wrote in an announcement that the Supreme Court's ruling deviated from the usual and violated the ironclad American precept that nobody is above the regulation. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton additionally spoke out. She wrote on X that the American individuals would maintain Donald Trump accountable in November.

“Trump is the greatest threat to democracy”

Harris Dunn was a police officer on obligation throughout the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. He can hardly consider that the judges are granting Trump partial immunity. Donald Trump remains to be the best menace to democracy, the ex-police officer advised the press. That was the case yesterday and is much more so at present – after this ruling.

Dunn is now operating as a Democrat for Congress within the US state of Maryland. He is satisfied that Trump incited his supporters to storm the Capitol. He says he was there himself. The individuals who attacked him again then acted in Trump's identify and on his directions.

Another former Capitol Police officer, Aqulino Gonell, got here to the Capitol in Washington for the decision. He mentioned: “The Supreme Court has just further eroded the guardrails of democracy. This is absurd and dangerous.”

Judgment no shock for legal professionals

Lawyers usually are not stunned by the differentiated ruling on the partial immunity of US presidents. Former US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales mentioned on CNBC {that a} president has to take advantage of troublesome selections. To achieve this, he wants flexibility, energy and authority. As lengthy as he acts in an official capability, he ought to be protected against prosecution.

According to historian Lea Wright of Johns Hopkins University, now we have seen the growing powers of US presidents for greater than 50 years. However, the truth that the judges referred the interpretation of this case again to a decrease courtroom additionally reveals that some members of the Supreme Court worth neutrality and objectivity.

If Trump wins the election he may pardon himself

It might take months for the subsequent courtroom to make clear how the ruling applies to Trump's case. This will almost certainly delay the beginning of the trial in opposition to Trump till after the presidential election in November.

This implies that a attainable conviction of Trump earlier than the election is off the desk. Afterwards, if he wins the election, he may pardon himself.