Former US President Donald Trump has been dealt another legal setback. An appeals court on Tuesday rejected his claims of immunity for trying to overturn the results of the election four years ago.
The court was in uncharted territory because no president had ever faced criminal charges. Trump has been indicted in a total of four separate cases, including the one the appeals court ruled on, which related to the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. In the aftermath of the November 2020 election, he claimed that he had won and encouraged his supporters to "fight like hell."
Trump pleaded not guilty to the charges, claiming "absolute immunity" for acts performed while he was in office. However, the judges ruled that stance would put a president "beyond the reach" of the three branches of government and undermine the Constitution. They wrote that, for the purpose of this criminal case, "former President Trump has become citizen Trump."
After the ruling, Trump wrote on his Truth Social media account that the decision should be overturned. He said that, otherwise, any former president would be afraid to act in fear of "Vicious Retribution."
Trump is trying to win the Republican nomination in the 2024 presidential race. He is expected to appeal to the Supreme Court, leaving many to wonder whether he will face trial before the election in November.