Judges Bat Down Donald Trump’s Presidential-Immunity Arguments

Updated Dec. 1, 2023 9:12 pm ET

WASHINGTON—Former President Donald Trump’s efforts to assert absolute immunity to beat back felony and civil authorized actions in opposition to him have been rebuffed twice Friday in separate authorized choices.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, presiding over Trump’s election-interference case introduced by particular counsel Jack Smith, rejected the previous president’s bid to have that case tossed out on the grounds that he enjoys “absolute immunity” from felony prosecution. In courtroom papers, the previous president’s legal professionals argued that his efforts to problem his November 2020 election loss had been “within the ‘outer perimeter’ of his official responsibility” as president.

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