Headline RoundupApril 24th, 2024

Will the Supreme Court Grant Trump 'Absolute Immunity'?

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The Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday regarding former President Donald Trump's claim for absolute presidential immunity in relation to charges from his term in office. 

The Arguments: Lawyers for Trump argue that his "official acts" while in office should shield him from prosecution, and if they don't, "the threat of future criminal prosecution by a politically opposed Administration will overshadow every future President’s official acts."  Special Counsel Jack Smith's team, opposing Trump's claim for immunity argues, "why not take it a step further and tell the court that if Trump has the sort of broad immunity he claims he does, a president would be free to order the assassination of Supreme Court justices who disagree with him, and could not be prosecuted for doing that."

How The Media Covered It: Most sources suggested that Trump's broad immunity claims will fail, but analyzed the possibility of Trump being granted some immunity, and how it may impact the upcoming presidential election. The New York Times (Lean Left) said, "most legal experts do not expect Mr. Trump to prevail on his broadest arguments. But when and how he loses may turn out to be as important as whether he loses." A writer for National Review (Right) said "The way for the Court to act beyond politics and consistent with the rule of law is to strive to decide these questions without regard to their impact on Smith’s ability to complete Trump’s trial before the election."

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