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Uneven immunity ruling from unbalanced court

Supreme Court hands the former president an eventual legal victory and an immediate political one

The U.S. Supreme Court didn't give former President Donald Trump what he sought: blanket immunity. But the court wrapped him in a highly favorable ruling that may eventually help him legally and immediately politically.

The ruling, which like nearly everything nowadays in the country and the court, split along ideological lines. The 6-3 decision, with all the court's conservatives agreeing while the three liberals dissented, in effect said that while presidents have prosecutorial immunity for official White House actions, they do not have immunity for unofficial acts.

Or, in the specific words of Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the majority opinion, a president "may not be prosecuted for exercising his core constitutional powers, and he is entitled, at a minimum, to a presumptive immunity from prosecution for all his official acts." Yet a president, continued Roberts, "enjoys no immunity for his unofficial acts, and not everything the president does is official."


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