Republican has right to protection in “official acts”; case is related to attempt to reverse the result of the 2020 election

The United States Supreme Court ruled on Monday (July 1, 2024) that former President Donald Trump is entitled to limited presidential immunity in the criminal proceedings he faces in the US courts. There were 6 votes in favor and 3 against.

According to the decision (full text – PDF – 519 kB, in English), the Republican will only have the right to claim protection if your actions are considered “official acts”. That is, if he acted as president and not as an ordinary citizen, it will be up to the lower courts to decide the nature of the acts.

“The President does not enjoy immunity for his unofficial acts, and not everything the President does is official. The President is not above the law. But under our system of separation of powers, he cannot be sued for exercising his essential constitutional powers and is entitled to at least a presumptive immunity from prosecution for his official acts.”Chief Justice John Roberts said in the decision.

The court had to consider the issue after Trump’s defense filed a motion in the case in which the Republican is accused. of trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election. The lawsuit is also related to the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

With the decision this Monday (July 1st), the Supreme Court returned the case to the 1st Instance for Trump’s actions to be defined as “officials” or “unofficial”. This ensured that the case would not go to trial before the November 5 presidential election.

The former president celebrated the result in posts on Truth Social. “A great victory for our constitution and democracy. Proud to be an American!”he said in one of them.

In another post, Trump stated that the decision “historical” from Supreme Court “must put an end to all witch hunts by corrupt Joe Biden” against him.


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