Former President Donald Trump faces a significant setback in his legal battle as an appeals court rejects his claim of immunity for actions taken during his presidency.
Legal experts suggest that the Supreme Court may not intervene, considering the robustness of the recent ruling.
Appeals Court Ruling
A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit issued a decisive 57-page ruling, dismissing Trump’s assertion of blanket presidential immunity.
The judges clarified that, for the purposes of the criminal case, Trump now stands as a regular citizen with no special protections.
Trump’s camp expressed disagreement with the ruling, vowing to appeal in order to defend the presidency and the Constitution.
The former president himself took to Truth Social to argue for full presidential immunity, warning of dire consequences if the decision stands.
Legal Experts’ Analysis
Legal experts view the appeals court ruling as a significant blow to Trump’s legal defenses.
Conservative attorney George Conway remarked that Trump’s lawyers “threw everything up in the air and every single argument was methodically and systematically dismantled by this court.”
Nothing Left For Supreme Court
Conway added, “There is nothing left. Even the court addressed all the bad arguments that Trump probably shouldn’t have made to this court.
And there’s just nothing. There’s just nothing left for the Supreme Court to clean up.”
Slim Chance at Supreme Court
Despite Trump’s intentions to escalate the case, analysts doubt the Supreme Court will intervene.
MSNBC legal analyst Chuck Rosenberg emphasized the strength of the appeals court decision, suggesting that Trump may struggle to garner support for Supreme Court review.
Assessment of Ruling
Harvard legal scholar Laurence Tribe hailed the appeals court ruling as “bulletproof” and “airtight.”
Tribe believes the comprehensive dismantling of Trump’s arguments makes it unlikely for the Supreme Court to reconsider the case.
Tribe said the court “dismembered” Trump’s arguments “piece by piece, methodically in this historic opinion,” adding that the Supreme Court is not likely to take it up.
Implications for Trump
With the appeals court ruling standing firm, Trump faces limited options for legal recourse.
The likelihood of the Supreme Court taking up the case remains uncertain, leaving Trump’s legal strategy in question.
Legal scholars anticipate that the appeals court ruling will be studied for generations.
The meticulous dissection of Trump’s arguments sets a precedent for future cases involving presidential immunity and executive powers.