BREAKING: Trump Reacts to Immunity Ruling


Former President Donald Trump declared a “big win” on Monday less than an hour after the Supreme Court handed down a historic ruling issuing broad immunity to sitting presidents during the commission of “official” acts.

On Truth Social and in an interview with Fox News, the Republican leader was boisterous in touting the decision as a vindication of his years-long assertion that he is the victim of a “witch hunt” and “political hit job” perpetuated by President Joe Biden and by extension Jack Smith, the Justice Department special prosecutor who is leading two federal cases against him.

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“BIG WIN FOR OUR CONSTITUTION AND DEMOCRACY. PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!” Trump exclaimed on his signature social media platform. He later told Fox the decision is a “big win for our Constitution and for democracy.”

“I have been harassed by the Democrat Party, Joe Biden, Obama and their thugs, fascists and communists for years,” Trump told Fox News Digital. “And now the courts have spoken.” He added: “This is a big win for our Constitution and for democracy. Now I am free to campaign like anyone else. We are leading in every poll – by a lot – and we will make America great again.”

Writing for the six-member majority, Chief Justice John Roberts declared that presidents have broad authority to exercise their discretion without fear of prosecution, sending the specific contours of a ruling back down to the lower courts for hammering out. “The President therefore may not be prosecuted for exercising his core constitutional powers, and he is entitled, at a minimum, to a presumptive immunity from prosecution for all his official acts,” the majority opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts states. “That immunity applies equally to all occupants of the Oval Office, regardless of politics, policy, or party.”

Smith will likely try to leverage admissions in the ruling that not all acts taken by a sitting president may be considered “official,” and indeed non-official acts are open to prosecution. Despite timeline constraints, the prosecutor is continuing to pursue felony charges against Trump related to the classified documents found at Mar-a-Lago and Trump’s statements related to the January 6th, 2021 riots at the Capitol. Future hearings in Florida and D.C. federal courts will give him an opportunity to argue that Trump’s handling of the documents and tweets urging his supporters to demonstrate at the capital were done in his capacity as a private citizen.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, joined by Justices Elena Kagan and Ketanji Brown Jackson, wrote in a dissent that the court’s majority ruling “makes a mockery of the principle, foundational to our Constitution and system of Government, that no man is above the law.”

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