In a ruling on Friday, a federal judge in Washington rejected Donald Trump’s claim of immunity from prosecution in his election interference case. The judge, Tanya Chutkan, dismissed the Republican’s attempt to thwart the case accusing him of planning to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
The decision sets the stage for a legal battle over the extent of presidential power, which could potentially reach the U.S. Supreme Court. Trump, who denies any wrongdoing, is expected to appeal quickly, as his lawyers argue that this raises an unresolved legal question.
In her ruling, Judge Chutkan stated that “former Presidents enjoy no special conditions on their federal criminal liability” and emphasized that Trump could face federal investigation, indictment, prosecution, conviction, and punishment for any criminal acts committed while in office.