United States: Donald Trump’s request for criminal immunity rejected by appeals court

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The former president has announced his intention to appeal the decision made this Tuesday. He has already declared his intention to appeal the decision, which rejects his attempt to avoid a trial for his alleged involvement in the attack on American democracy and the transfer of power, even as he solidifies his position as the frontrunner for the Republican nomination in the presidential election.

“With all due respect, President Trump disagrees with the court’s decision and will appeal,” said his spokesperson, Steven Cheung. Donald Trump’s lawyers argued that former presidents are afforded extensive legal protections and cannot be criminally prosecuted for official acts unless they have been previously impeached by the House of Representatives and removed from office by the Senate.

This is one of the four criminal cases Donald Trump is facing and one of the two allegations of interference in the 2020 elections. Trump has pleaded not guilty to four charges and has accused prosecutors of attempting to harm his campaign for political reasons.

The immunity argument was rejected by District Judge Tanya Chutkan in December, prompting Donald Trump to appeal. If Donald Trump wins the elections, he could pardon himself or order the Justice Department to close the case.

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