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Jack Smith Disputes Trump’s Claims in Appeals Court

Presidential immunity applies to civil liability only and the criminal charges don’t violate the principles of double jeopardy, the special counsel claims.

Special Counsel Jack Smith Saturday urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to reject President Donald Trump’s immunity and double-jeopardy claim that he will be retried for similar charges on which he has already been acquitted.
President Trump is not entitled to immunity in the election case and the criminal charges against him also didn’t violate the principle of double jeopardy, the prosecutors argued.
Immunity for a U.S. president applies to civil liability only and not criminal, the special counsel’s office claimed.
“The defendant, a former President, does not enjoy immunity from federal prosecution for the offenses charged in this case. Under separation-of-powers analysis, the President’s unique constitutional status provides immunity from civil liability for official conduct … but it does not render a former President immune from criminal liability when charged with violations of generally applicable federal criminal statutes,” reads the filing….

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