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Donald Trump: What the immunity ruling means for his legal problems

Donald Trump: What the immunity ruling means for his legal problems
Donald Trump: What the immunity ruling means for his legal problems

Will Donald Trump’s legal problems now simply disappear into thin air? He is the first former president in US history to be charged under criminal law – four times. Two charges relate to his attempts to retroactively reverse his election defeat against current US President Joe Biden, and another to his taking secret files from the White House at the end of his term in office.

Is Donald Trump responsible for his actions?

The accusations relate to actions committed during his time in office, which raised the question for Trump’s lawyers: For which actions can and should a former US head of state be held accountable? The highest court in the country has now given the answer – and they could pulverize the proceedings pending against the former president.

“The President does not enjoy immunity for his unofficial actions, and not everything the President does is official. The President is not above the law,” the constitutional judges ruled, both vaguely and clearly. However, they cannot be prosecuted for actions that are part of their core constitutional duties. The courts will have to clarify in detail which of Trump’s actions were “official” and which were not, but the Supreme Court’s decision is considered a de facto carte blanche for former and future US presidents.

The former US president still has these charges ahead of him

The Supreme Court’s ruling does not affect the verdicts in three civil cases for financial fraud, sexual abuse and defamation. In these cases, he was sentenced to fines totaling the enormous sum of more than half a billion dollars.

An overview of the most important lawsuits and proceedings the Republican is grappling with – so far:

Source: Stern

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