Public Corruption and Presidential Immunity


The Supreme Court decision on former president Donald Trump’s claims of presidential immunity has put new limits on future prosecutors — constraints that legal experts see as the latest and most consequential result of a long-running disagreement between conservative justices and the Justice Department over how to investigate public corruption. . . .

Many legal experts see the historic ruling [in Trump v. United States] as the latest salvo from conservative Supreme Court justices who have long believed that federal prosecutors often go too far in the pursuit of alleged wrongdoing by elected officials. The decision will significantly limit what evidence prosecutors may present in Trump’s D.C. case, and is already prompting new challenges to his felony conviction in New York and his classified documents indictment in Florida. It will probably lead to fresh motions to dismiss or limit the state counts he faces in Georgia for alleged election interference, as well.

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