NIn one order, Tanya Chutkan wrote that “former presidents do not enjoy special conditions in their federal criminal liability.”
Trump’s legal team argued that the former President cannot be tried for events that occurred when he was in office and that, therefore, he is protected by presidential immunity.
Chutkan rejected the argument, allowing the case to proceed. Trump’s lawyers are expected to appeal the decision, which could lead to a delay in the trial, scheduled for March 4.
Trump is charged in Washington DC with conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction and attempted obstruction of an official proceeding and conspiracy to violate rights.
The indictment established that, after losing the November 3, 2020 elections to Democrat Joe Biden, the then President engaged in a conspiracy to “overturn the legitimate results” of the presidential elections with false allegations of voter fraud and multiple schemes.
The former President is also involved in three other criminal cases: one for electoral interference in the state of Georgia, another in Florida for taking confidential documents from the White House when he left office and another in New York for irregular payments to pornographic actress Stormy Daniels , to hush up an affair they had during the 2016 campaign.
The issue of presidential immunity, which Trump’s defense indicated it would invoke in the remaining criminal cases, could reach the country’s Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump continues to lead the polls for the Republican nomination for the 2024 elections, in which he hopes to once again face Joe Biden.
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