Much of the nation has been marking the MAGA anti-democratic drumbeat – some with eyes-wide-open trepidation, others in blissful ignorance of what is really going on as the GOP we knew has disintegrated under the weight of Trumpism. But democracy-watchers can be cheered this week with one precedent-setting legal victory. The three-member D.C. Federal Appeals Court has issued a unanimous ruling that rejects ex-President Donald Trump’s claims of absolute presidential immunity.
They called Trump’s alleged crimes “an unprecedented assault on the structure of our government” — that threaten democracy if left beyond the reach of criminal prosecution.
The 57-page report carefully debunks every single aspect of the claim that this ex-president or any former president has life-long immunity after leaving office for anything he/she did or attempted to do in office. The unanimous opinion completely rejects Trump’s sweeping claim of presidential immunity as dangerous and unsupported by the Constitution.
That means Trump can be put on trial for trying to stay in power after losing the 2020 election; the very charges that Department of Justice Special Counsel Jack Smith’s has filed.