Donald Trump does not have presidential immunity, court rules

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Donald Trump does not enjoy presidential immunity against criminal cases, a US court has ruled.

The former US president had argued that any decisions he made while he was in the White House were not liable to criminal prosecution – even after he left office.

But a Federal Appeals Court threw out the justification.

“For the purpose of this criminal case, former President Trump has become citizen Trump, with all of the defences of any other criminal defendant,” the court wrote.

“But any executive immunity that may have protected him while he served as President no longer protects him against this prosecution”.

The ruling does not bar Mr Trump for running for the White House again. But it does mean he can be tried and potentially prosecuted.

He is currently the frontrunner to be the presidential nominee for the Republican Party. Only former UN ambassador to the US Nikki Halley stands between him and a rematch with current president Joe Biden.

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