SCOTUS Rules Presidents have “Absolute Immunity” for Official Acts

In a 6-3 decision, the United States Supreme Court has ruled that former President Donald Trump is entitled to “absolute immunity from criminal prosecution for actions within his conclusive and preclusive constitutional authority,” however, there is “no immunity for unofficial acts” taken in a private capacity.

How this will apply to federal charges brought against Trump for alleged efforts to subvert the 2020 Presidential Election remains unclear, as SCOTUS did not apply the ruling to whether or not certain actions taken regarding January 6 were in an official or unofficial capacity.

The case has been sent back down to trial court for further proceedings, which will likely go on past the 2024 Presidential Election. Likewise, anything deemed as an official act, such as communications between the President and his advisers, cannot be used in court.