Trump to appeal after US court rejects claim of immunity in election interference case

Donald Trump will appeal a court ruling that he is not immune from prosecution as a former president and can be tried over an alleged conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election, his spokesman said Tuesday.

"If immunity is not granted to a president, every future president who leaves office will be immediately indicted by the opposing party," Steven Cheung told AFP after the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia published its decision.

Trump himself denounced the appeals court ruling as "nation-destroying" in a social media post. "A President of the United States must have Full Immunity in order to properly function and do what has to be done for the good of our Country," Trump said in a post on his Truth Social platform. "A Nation-destroying ruling like this cannot be allowed to stand."

A federal appeals panel earlier on Tuesday ruled that Trump can face trial on charges that he plotted to overturn the results of the 2020 election, rejecting the former president’s claims that he is immune from prosecution and breathing life back into a landmark prosecution that had been effectively frozen while the court considered the arguments.

“We conclude that the interest in criminal accountability, held by both the public and the Executive Branch, outweighs the potential risks of chilling Presidential action and permitting vexatious litigation,” the judges wrote.

The legally untested question before the court was whether former presidents can be prosecuted after they leave office for actions taken in the White House related to their official duties.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP)

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