All posts tagged: Neil Gorsuch

Supreme Court justices skeptical of sweeping immunity claims by Trump

Supreme Court justices skeptical of sweeping immunity claims by Trump

[ad_1] Justices on the Supreme Court voiced skepticism Thursday to assertions from former President Trump’s attorneys that presidential immunity could extend to an attempted coup or the assassination of a political rival, even as they seemed ready to offer some protections from criminal prosecution. Such a ruling could create a new cycle of legal battles that has the impact of delaying Trump’s federal election subversion trial — and his others — past the election.  Conservative and liberal justices alike peppered Trump’s counsel with hypothetical situations, asking how far the former president’s claim of sweeping immunity protections would go. Chief Justice John Roberts asked whether a president could be prosecuted for accepting a bride for appointing someone to an ambassador post, while liberal Justice Elena Kagan asked whether a president selling nuclear secrets would have immunity. Fellow liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor asked if “fundamentally evil” actions such as ordering the military to take out a political rival would be protected by presidential immunity. D. John Sauer, who argued the case on behalf of Trump, said most of the hypotheticals could plausibly fall under …

Donald Trump’s Unlikely Legal Doppelgänger

Donald Trump’s Unlikely Legal Doppelgänger

[ad_1] In a few weeks, a judge in Colorado will hold a trial to decide whether to bar Donald Trump from the presidential ballot on the grounds that he “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against the United States in violation of the Constitution. The proceeding has unsettled many people: Can an unelected judge really stop voters from supporting a candidate of their choosing? The answer is yes. Just ask Abdul Hassan. Hassan ran for president in the 2012 election as an independent, on a platform of reducing the national debt. He created a website and a YouTube channel, and bought digital ads to spread his message. But he had a problem: To get on the ballot in some states, including Colorado, Hassan had to complete a form swearing that he met the requirements for president spelled out in the Constitution. Been a resident of the United States for at least 14 years? Check. 35 years old? Check. Natural-born citizen? That’s where the trouble began. Hassan, who was born in Guyana, is a naturalized U.S. citizen, …