Joe Biden criticises US Supreme Court's presidential immunity ruling

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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US President Joe Biden has criticised a Supreme Court ruling that grants former and future presidents immunity from prosecution for official acts, saying it gives the executive office and potentially Donald Trump “the power to do whatever he wants, whenever he wants to.”

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Biden said the court had done “a terrible injustice” to the people of this country by effectively blocking any chance of Trump's participation in a trial related to the January 6 riot.

The US Supreme Court handed down its verdict on Monday (local time), ruling by a 6-3 majority that Trump can claim immunity from criminal prosecution for some of his actions as president before leaving office, potentially further delaying a federal election sabotage trial related to his actions on January 6.

He quoted liberal Justice Sonia Sotomore's dissent and agreed with her, saying the majority's decision meant “the president is now a king above the law and has no fear of our democracy” and urged the American people to dissent as well. “I dissent,” Biden said.

“Every one of us is equal before the law. No one is above the law, not even the president of the United States,” Biden said during his live address from the White House.

“With today's Supreme Court decision and presidential immunity, which for all practical purposes has fundamentally changed, today's decision almost certainly means that there are virtually no limits on what the president can do,” Biden said.

Biden once again blamed Trump for the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, and said the American people deserve answers in the courts about what happened during that time before voting in the November election.

“And that's a dangerous precedent because the power of the office will no longer be constrained by law, not even by the Supreme Court of the United States,” Biden said.

Criticizing the Supreme Court's decision, Biden said that this decision undermines the rule of law in this country.

“Today's decision continues the Court's assault in recent years on a broad range of long-established legal principles in our country. From eroding voting rights and civil liberties to stripping women of their right to choose, today's decision undermines the rule of law in this country,” he said.

Biden stressed that the American people must decide whether the attack on Trump on January 6 makes him unfit to hold public office in the country.

“The American people must decide whether Donald Trump's attack on our democracy on January 6 makes him unfit for the highest office in the land,” he said.

“Perhaps most importantly, the American people must decide whether they want to once again hand the presidency to Donald Trump, because now they know he will be even more emboldened to do whatever he wants to do,” he said.

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