Justice Jackson Slams Trump’s Presidential Immunity Stance, Fears Presidents Could Turn Oval Office Into A Seat Of Criminal Activity

by Gee NY
Ketanji Brown Jackson. Insert: Former President Donald Trump

In a crucial session at the nation’s highest court, Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson challenged the foundation of former President Donald Trump’s bid for immunity from prosecution.

Trump’s attorney, D. John Sauer, argued that official acts by a sitting president are shielded from criminal prosecution, while private acts are not.

Justice Jackson countered, stating that the president must abide by the law, especially in official capacities.

She questioned Sauer on the ramifications of granting immunity for official acts, particularly in the context of potential criminal activities by future presidents.

Jackson asked Sauer, “What is the disincentive from turning the Oval Office into the seat of criminal activity in this country?” if presidents are immune from potential penalties for committing crimes while acting in an official capacity.

In the case of Trump v. United States, Trump seeks immunity from prosecution for actions related to attempts to overturn the 2020 election.

Last year, a federal grand jury indicted him on multiple counts, including conspiracy to defraud the United States and conspiracy to obstruct the election certification.

During the hearing, Justice Jackson pressed Sauer on the absence of accountability if presidents were immune from prosecution for official actions.

She underscored the risk of future presidents committing crimes without repercussions while in office.

“If the potential for criminal liability is taken off the table, wouldn’t there be a significant risk that future presidents would be emboldened to commit crimes with abandon while they’re in office?” Justice Jackson questioned.

The exchange highlights the case’s high stakes, with implications for Trump’s legal status and broader principles of accountability.

As the Supreme Court deliberates Trump’s immunity claims, the outcome could shape the boundaries of presidential accountability and the rule of law in the United States.

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