In a landmark ruling, a Federal appeals court in the United States (US) has denied former president, Donald Trump, of any presidential immunity in the case of insurrection which has been brought against him.
According to the court, Trump can be prosecuted for alleged crimes he committed during his reign as president to alter the results of the 2020 presidential election.
The court in its ruling said this is because he is no longer President Trump but has now become citizen Trump.
“For the purpose of this criminal case, former President Trump has become citizen Trump, with all of the defenses of any other criminal defendant. But any executive immunity that may have protected him while he served as President no longer protects him against this prosecution,” the court wrote in its judgement.
Trump had always insisted in the landmark legal case that he had immunity from criminal charges for his actions which he said fell within his roles as president.
Currently, Trump has as many as 91 criminal charges in four separate trials with most of them scheduled to begin in the year 2024.
Some of these cases will have grave consequences on his business and ambition if he is eventually found guilty.
Furthermore, the 77-year-old media personality and businessman who served as the 45th president of the US from 2017 to 2021 might not be on the ballot if found guilty.
Africa Today News, New York had earlier reported that Trump had called on Republicans in the legislature to reject a bipartisan Senate deal trading tough new border security measures for $60 billion in Ukraine funding and other national security priorities.
“Don’t be STUPID!!! We need a separate Border and Immigration Bill. It should not be tied to foreign aid in any way, shape, or form!” said Trump, who running for reelection and is desperate to deprive President Joe Biden of a major legislative win ahead of the November vote.
With the White House race looking almost certain to be a rematch of 2020, the Republican former president has been hammering his Democratic successor over record numbers of undocumented migrants crossing the southern border.