Supreme Court takes up Trump presidential immunity dispute

The Supreme Court agreed on Wednesday to consider an emergency petition by former President Donald Trump to weigh his claim that he is immune from prosecution and to delay criminal proceedings in his election subversion case while the justices weigh the dispute.

Trump contends former presidents should have immunity from charges over actions they took in office and has said that Congress must secure a conviction during the impeachment process in order for any former president to face criminal charges for the same underlying conduct in a court of law. So far, two lower federal courts have disagreed with that legal argument.

The former president’s lawyers met the Feb. 12 deadline to appeal the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s 3-0 ruling against his presidential immunity claims. The D.C. Circuit ruled he needed to
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