Trump Tells Court He ‘Respectfully Disagrees’

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( – On Tuesday, former President Donald Trump’s campaign announced shortly after the DC Circuit’s decision that the United States president was not immune after leaving office from facing any prosecution that they would be appealing the ruling. It is likely that this case will end up in the Supreme Court. 

Steven Cheung, the spokesperson of the Trump campaign argued that the prosecution of a President was in violation of the U.S. Constitution and could harm the country’s democracy. He added that Trump disagrees with the decision of the DC Circuit court and that they would be appealing this decision in order to protect the U.S. Constitution and the presidency. 

This statement was in alignment with the arguments that Trump has been making in the past few weeks as he has argued that without total immunity the U.S. president would be the subject of prosecution after he leaves the office. Trump has maintained that this would essentially inhibit the President’s ability to complete their job. 

Cheung in his statement noted that the prosecution of former President Trump by Department of Justice Jack Smith was unconstitutional and that it went against the “Separation of Powers” and presidential immunity doctrines.  

On Tuesday, a three-judge appeals court panel determined that the lower court ruling should be upheld and that Trump is not immune from facing criminal prosecution over his attempts to challenge and overturn the 2020 presidential election. 

The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals noted in their 57-page decision that in this criminal case Donald Trump has become a citizen which would allow him to use the “defenses of any other criminal defendant.” 

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