Saturday, February 24, 2024

The US Supreme Court is deciding Trump’s political future

The US Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday in one of the most consequential cases in American politics this century: whether former President Donald Trump deserves a second term because of his conduct surrounding the attack on January 6, 2021, on the Capitol.

A ruling against it could derail Trump’s candidacy for a second term in the White House and put the court at the center of the 2024 presidential election. The case was elevated to the nation’s highest court after the Supreme Court’s decision in Colorado, which in December saw Trump unelected.

Mark Sherman, an Associated Press reporter who follows the Supreme Court, explains:

“This is the first time that the Supreme Court has considered a provision of the Constitution that states that persons who participated in or were involved in a revolt, former public officials, are not eligible to hold office again.”

Meanwhile, a federal court rejected Trump’s claim that he has immunity from prosecution as president from charges of conspiring to overthrow the 2020 election, ruling that he should face a criminal trial because no one is above the law.

John Coffee, a law professor at Columbia University, said:

“What they ordered is that executive immunity can only protect a president during his term, during his service. Once you leave the White House, you have no more rights than any other citizen. He became a Trump citizen instead of President Trump.

Trump harshly criticized the decision, saying that any former president would be persecuted by the other party once he leaves office. This matter will also now go, Trump said, to the Supreme Court.

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