In a move to challenge the results of the 2020 election, former US President Donald Trump has appealed to the Supreme Court a lower court ruling that he does not have immunity from prosecution. The decision was made on February 6 by the D.C. Court of Appeals, which stated that “any immunity (…) in force during the presidency does not provide protection from criminal prosecution in the future.”
The American media has noted that the issue of immunity will be decided by nine Supreme Court judges, three of whom were appointed by Trump during his tenure as president. The appeal is seen as an attempt by Trump to overturn the election results and maintain his power in office.
Trump’s legal team has argued that he is entitled to immunity from prosecution while serving as president under a doctrine known as “qualified immunity.” However, the lower court ruled against this argument, stating that Trump’s immunity did not protect him from criminal prosecution after he left office.
The case will now be heard before the Supreme Court, where it remains to be seen whether Trump’s appeal will succeed in overturning the lower court ruling and maintaining his immunity from prosecution.