(FeaturedNews.com) – On Friday, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan rejected the argument made by former President Donald Trump that he should be immune in his 2020 presidential election interference case. In her 48-page ruling, she also denied a number of other constitutional defenses.
Chutkan noted in the ruling that the immunities of the sitting president are not a “lifelong ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ pass” and that there are no special immunities granted to former U.S. Presidents. She added that defendants could be investigated, indicted, and convicted over any criminal acts that they undertook while serving in office.
In October, Trump argued that he had immunity for all his actions ahead of the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack. The Department of Justice Special Counsel Jack Smith has filed four felony charges against the former President. These include obstruction of the certification of the votes, conspiracy to defraud the U.S., and conspiracy against the right to vote.
Trump has maintained that he has committed no wrongdoing and he has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Chutkan noted that the Constitution does not include any segment that exempts former Presidents from having a case brought against them. She added that serving as Commander-in-Chief for four years did not give him the “divine right of kings” to avoid having any criminal accountability.
The former President has repeatedly pointed out that the Senate had failed to impeach him during his second impeachment which dealt with his alleged attempts to block the peaceful transfer of powers. He has argued that due to his dismissal in that case he could not be prosecuted.
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