Donald Trump Claims Biden Will Also Lose Immunity If He Does

High stakes legal battles put former President in spotlight.

by Nouman Rasool
Donald Trump Claims Biden Will Also Lose Immunity If He Does
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Former President Donald Trump recently highlighted the implications of potentially losing his presidential immunity, emphasizing that this would similarly affect President Joe Biden, whom he often refers to as "crooked." Trump aired his concerns on his Truth Social platform, marking a critical discourse amidst his ongoing legal battles and the upcoming Supreme Court deliberations on presidential immunity set for Thursday.

In a series of vehement posts, Trump argued that presidential immunity is pivotal for the effective execution of presidential duties. He claimed, "Without presidential immunity, it would be impossible for a president to properly function, putting the United States of America in great and everlasting danger!" He continued to assert that removing his immunity would inherently strip the same from President Joe Biden.

Supreme Court Immunity Debate

This controversy surfaces as the Supreme Court gears up to examine whether Trump retains immunity against prosecutions related to allegations of election interference investigated by Special Counsel Jack Smith.

Trump, maintaining his innocence, has pleaded not guilty to charges filed by Smith and insists that the doctrine of presidential immunity shields him. Trump's rhetoric escalated as he suggested that the absence of such immunity would reduce the presidency to a weakened state, vulnerable to manipulation by other government branches and susceptible to threats from opposing parties.

He explained that such a scenario could lead to a situation where the president might be blackmailed into compliance with opposition demands under threat of indictment for actions taken while in office, which Trump claims would be within legal boundaries.

Pointing to past presidents and his direct political rival, Trump stated, "Obama, Bush, and soon, Crooked Joe Biden, would all be in BIG TROUBLE." He proposed that without immunity, future presidents would merely serve in a ceremonial capacity, lacking the authority necessary to govern effectively.

Trump himself is out there calling for the protection of presidential immunity, yet he is presently on trial in New York and being prosecuted by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. The former president faces charges of 34 counts of falsifying business records for payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels for hush money during the run-up to the 2016 election.

Trump was presenting himself in court every day to answer a range of charges from the mundane to the most serious, having tried to have the trial stayed until after the Supreme Court's decision. But Judge Juan Merchan rejected his request.

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