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Justice Dept. plans to pursue Trump cases past Election Day, even if he wins

Justice Department officials plan to pursue the criminal cases against Donald Trump past Election Day even if he wins, under the belief that department rules against charging or prosecuting a sitting president would not kick in until Inauguration Day in January, according to people familiar with the discussions.

That approach may become more consequential given this week's Supreme Court ruling on presidential immunity, which probably will lead to further delays to Trump's election interference trial in D.C. and has already affected one of his state cases.

Senior law enforcement officials have long viewed the two federal indictments against Trump - the 45th president and the presumptive Republican nominee in this year's election - as operating with potential time constraints. That's because of long-standing Justice Department policy that officials cannot criminally charge a sitting president.


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