Federal judge denies Trump's claim of presidential immunity in Special Counsel Jack Smith's Jan. 6 case

Posted on AllSides December 2nd, 2023
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A federal judge in Washington, D.C. denied former President Trump's claim of presidential immunity on Friday and ruled against his request to drop the Jan. 6 case.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan of the District of Columbia, responding to Trump's claim that the Constitution grants him "absolute immunity from criminal prosecution for actions performed within the ‘outer perimeter’ of his official responsibility," wrote that the former president doesn't have a "lifelong ‘"get-out-of-jail-free’ pass."

"Former Presidents enjoy no special conditions on their federal criminal liability. Defendant may be subject to federal investigation, indictment,...

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