Trump has immunity from prosecution for official acts Supreme Court rules in monumental decision for presidential powers | 1 July 2024 | The President of the United States has immunity from prosecution for official acts in office the Supreme Court ruled in a monumental decision with massive implications for presidential powers and the criminal cases against Donald Trump. The case centered around Special Counsel Jack Smith's prosecution of Trump for allegedly masterminding efforts to overthrow the 2020 election while in office, including on January 6. The ex-president's team argued that Trump, and any president, must have absolute immunity from prosecution over actions taken while in office or it could impair important decision-making. The 6-3 decision split along the court's ideological lines ensures that Trump will not face another blockbuster trial before the November election as the case is sent back to lower court to determine what is considered his "official" versus "unofficial" acts. "The President enjoys no immunity for his unofficial acts, and not everything the President does is official. The President is not above the law," the justices led by Chief Justice John Roberts write in the majority.

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