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Issue One reacts to historic Supreme Court decision on presidential immunity

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Cory Combs

Director of Media Relations

Today, the Supreme Court ruled in Trump v. United States that presidents have absolute immunity for acts that fall under their constitutional authority, a presumption of immunity for other acts taken during their tenure in office, and no immunity for unofficial acts.

In response to the historic decision, Issue One released the following statement from Director of Election Protection Dr. Carah Ong Whaley:

“The conservative majority on the Supreme Court today threw out the possibility of prosecuting former President Trump for seeking to leverage the power of the federal government to further his efforts to remain in power and overturn the will of the people. The Court largely left it to the lower District Court to determine whether the former president can be held criminally liable for additional actions taken to stop the peaceful transfer of power following the 2020 election.

“This decision and the majority’s more expansive interpretation of presidential power does not change the fact that the former president coordinated a wide-ranging conspiracy to subvert the rule of law and our Constitution despite having lost the election.

“Every person alleged to be involved in the conspiracy to overturn the result of a free and fair election must be held accountable. That includes former President Trump. Nobody is above the law.”