An End to Presidential Immunity?: Democrat Calls for Constitutional Change

Written by Camilla Jessen

Jul.04 - 2024 10:12 AM CET

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Joseph Morelle proposes a constitutional amendment.

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Following a Supreme Court ruling that strengthens former President Donald Trump's legal position, leading Democrat Joseph Morelle has proposed a constitutional amendment.

The purpose of the amendment is to ensure that no president is above the law.

Morelle, a member of the House of Representatives from New York, stressed that former presidents must be held accountable for their decisions while in office, according to Zeit Online.

The Supreme Court, with its conservative majority, ruled that presidents enjoy “absolute immunity” from criminal prosecution for actions carried out in the course of their official duties.

This ruling could affect criminal proceedings against former President Donald Trump over his attempts to overturn the 2020 election defeat.

If Trump wins the upcoming election, he could, with the support of his Attorney General, get the proceedings dropped.

Morelle's proposal has little chance of success given the current majority situation in Congress, as a constitutional amendment must be passed by a two-thirds majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate and ratified by three-quarters of the U.S. states.

Nevertheless, supporters see this as the safest way to prevent former presidents from going unpunished.