Justice Amy Coney Barrett Unlikely to Side with Trump on Presidential Immunity

President Donald Trump shouldn’t count on the support of Justice Amy Coney Barrett when the Supreme Court makes a decision on his presidential immunity claim.

However, Trump is still expected to see a favorable outcome when the Supreme Court rules on the case.

Trump-appointed Barrett’s questioning at last month’s arguments contrasted with that of her conservative colleagues.

Conservative justices seemed more concerned about the dire consequences of failing to give presidents enough immunity from prosecution.

Barrett’s thoughts, meanwhile, have many Trump supporters scratching their heads.

Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, John Roberts, Samuel Alito, and Clarence Thomas also expressed worry to some degree about a cycle of retaliation.

They warned of ex-presidents being targeted by their rivals on leaving office.

“You know how easy it is in many cases for a prosecutor to get a grand jury to bring an indictment and reliance on the good faith of the prosecutor may not be enough in some cases,” Roberts said.

The other conservatives focused on the future consequences of their ruling.

Barrett’s questioning, meanwhile, centered on Trump’s January 6 prosecution and Jack Smith’s urgency to bring the case.

“The special counsel has expressed some concern for speed and wanting to move forward,” Barrett said.

Barrett even suggested that Smith could move ahead by dropping the allegations in his case that fall within the scope of a president’s official acts.

She grilled Trump’s lawyer on whether Trump acted in a personal or official capacity when he allegedly “spread knowingly false claims of election fraud.”

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Speaking to Newsweek, former federal prosecutor Shanlon Wu said:

“From her questions, it did seem that she was not buying into a complete immunity, meaning you can’t consider anything about it.”

“She was sort of interested in exploring whether these same immunity arguments are more appropriately raised, perhaps as trial defenses.”

With Barrett appearing to side with the court’s Left wing, Roberts is seen as the justice most likely to decide the outcome of the immunity case.

Roberts appeared to break with Barrett on the ability to bring the case without official acts included.

That could make the indictment a “one-legged stool,” he said.

Many expect the case to be sent back to the trial court, making the Democrats’ hopes of a verdict before Election Day difficult.

In that case, Trump could eke out a political victory even if the Supreme Court ultimately doesn’t back his legal argument.

READ MORE – Jack Smith’s Anti-Trump Classified Documents Trial Dropped after Prosecutor Admits Destroying Exculpatory Evidence

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By Nick R. Hamilton

Nick has a broad background in journalism, business, and technology. He covers news on cryptocurrency, traditional assets, and economic markets.

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