On January 6, after a speech by Donald Trump, hundreds of supporters of the then president managed to invade the Capitol. Five people lost their lives during the assault.
In this case, special prosecutor Jack Smith accuses Donald Trump, 77, of having conspired to overturn Joe Biden's victory and of having committed several frauds in an attempt to stay in power.
< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Shortly after the ruling was published, Donald Trump's campaign team announced that he would indeed appeal the decision. If immunity is not granted to a president, every future president who leaves office will be immediately impeached by the opposing party. Without full immunity, a US president would not be able to function properly, said Donald Trump campaign manager Steven Cheung.
The Court of Appeal gives the ex-president until February 12 to challenge the judgment.
Although this is a major setback for Donald Trump, who is still in a good position to win the Republican primaries, the latter has every interest in taking the case to the Supreme Court of the United States, where conservatives hold a majority of 6 judges to 3.
Donald Trump himself appointed judges Amy Coney Barrett a few days before the November 2020 election, Brett Kavanaugh in October 2018, and Neil Gorsuch in early 2017.
The trial in this case was initially scheduled for March 4, 2024, but was postponed pending a decision on the immunity request. It could be delayed for several more weeks, or even months, if the case goes to the Supreme Court.