Biden Warns of Presidential Power Abuse Following Supreme Court's Trump Immunity Ruling

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Biden Warns of Presidential Power Abuse Post Supreme Court's Trump Immunity Ruling: A deep dive into the implications and reactions

Biden Condemns Supreme Court's Presidential Immunity Ruling, Warns of Trump's Potential Return

 

Biden Warns of Presidential Power Abuse Following Supreme Court's Trump Immunity Ruling

President Joe Biden on Monday strongly condemned the Supreme Court's ruling that grants presidents absolute immunity from prosecution for core official acts, expressing grave concerns over the implications for democracy and issuing a stern warning about the possible return of former President Donald Trump.

 

"There are no kings in America. Each of us is equal before the law. No one is above the law, not even the president of the United States," Biden declared in a speech from the White House.

 

He continued, "With today’s Supreme Court decision on presidential immunity, that fundamentally changed. For all practical purposes, there are virtually no limits on what the president can do. It’s a fundamentally new principle and it’s a dangerous precedent because the power of the office will no longer be constrained by the law, even including the Supreme Court of the United States."

 

In a 6-3 decision along ideological lines, the Supreme Court ruled that Trump may claim immunity from criminal prosecution for some actions taken as president before leaving office, likely delaying his federal election subversion trial related to his actions on January 6.

 

The ruling overturned a federal appeals court decision from February, which found that the former president enjoyed no immunity for alleged crimes committed during his presidency to reverse the 2020 election results.

 

Biden warned repeatedly that the limits of presidential power now rest solely with the officeholder and the choices they make, emphasizing the danger he believes Trump would pose in that role.

 

The notably political speech comes at a critical moment for Biden’s campaign as he battles persistent concerns about his age, exacerbated by his performance in last week’s presidential debate. His unsteady showing raised anxiety among some top donors and uncomfortable questions for Democrats about his ability to serve another four years.

 

During Monday’s speech, Biden appeared alert and energetic, reading from a teleprompter in the Cross Hall of the White House. However, he did not take questions, walking away immediately after his five-minute, scripted statement.

 

Referencing the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the US Capitol, Biden called it “one of the darkest days in the history of America.” He noted the court’s decision makes it unlikely that Trump will face trial for criminal charges related to the riot before the election.

 

The decision technically allows special counsel Jack Smith to proceed with his election subversion case against Trump but left many technical questions unresolved, making it increasingly unlikely that a trial can begin before November. Smith’s case now returns to lower courts, which must review Trump's specific actions to overturn the 2020 election results and determine whether they were official acts, warranting immunity, or private acts, which do not.

 

The majority opinion stated that Trump’s conversations with the Justice Department and efforts to enlist officials in his attempt to overturn the election were covered by absolute immunity. For other official actions and routine presidential powers, the court acknowledged some immunity, largely deferring to lower courts to resolve the details—a process that could take weeks or months.

 

Crucially, the majority indicated that official acts cannot be considered as evidence in a potential trial, complicating Smith’s case. Chief Justice John Roberts also wrote that lower courts may not consider a former president’s motive, potentially allowing Trump’s attorneys to argue that he wasn’t attempting to overturn the election in his favor.

 

"I know I will respect the limits of the presidential powers I’ve had for three-and-a-half years, but any president—including Donald Trump—will now be free to ignore the law," Biden said.

 

Biden, who has made protecting democracy a central theme of his campaign, described the decision as part of a broader pattern from the Supreme Court in undermining “a wide range of long-established legal principles,” citing other decisions on voting rights and civil rights.

 

He concluded that voters now hold the ultimate power to hold Trump accountable.

 

“The American people must decide if they want to entrust the presidency to Donald Trump, now knowing that he’ll be even more emboldened to do whatever he pleases whenever he wants to do it,” Biden said.

 

He added, “I concur with Justice [Sonia] Sotomayor’s dissent today. She said, ‘In every use of official power, the president is now a king above the law. With fear for our democracy, I dissent,’ end of quote. So should the American people dissent. I dissent.”

 

The Supreme Court’s decision had an immediate effect—Trump’s legal team filed a letter Monday seeking to challenge his conviction in his New York criminal hush money trial based on the ruling. Trump’s lawyer requested permission to file a motion to challenge the verdict, which could delay his sentencing. The Manhattan district attorney’s office did not file its sentencing submission Monday as expected.


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