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Immunity Controversy: Former President Trump Sues Supreme Court

Immunity Controversy: Former President Trump Sues Supreme Court

President Trump is defending himself against a criminal investigation into alleged involvement in election fraud. (Image Alliance / Associated Press / Matt Rourke)

Prosecutors argue that Trump cannot be sued for events and actions during his time in the White House. As a result of the objection, key measures could be pulled after the presidential election in November, where Republicans aim to re-contest.

Restraining order, consider appeal?

Only recently, an appeals court in Washington rejected Trump's application and made possible a criminal investigation initially aimed at attacking the Capitol by his supporters three years ago.

It is unclear whether the Supreme Court will take up the case and when it will decide. The Supreme Court can initially stay the decision of the Court of Appeal to consider the appeal. Trump's lawyers and the prosecution will justify their position in motions. If the Supreme Court ultimately rejects Trump's appeal, the way will be clear for the case against Republicans to begin in Washington.

However, if the Supreme Court accepts the appeal, we can expect a Supreme Court decision on the immunity issue. If the Supreme Court rules differently than the Court of Appeals, the election fraud case in Washington could be over.

Background: Storm over the Capitol in January 2021

Trump has been charged in the US capital Washington with involvement in election fraud. His supporters besieged the Capitol building in Washington on January 6, 2021. Congress met there to formally confirm the victory of Democrat Biden in the presidential election. Earlier in his speech, Trump incited his supporters that the election victory was stolen from him. As a result of the riots, five people died.

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