Biden Blasts Supreme Court Ruling on Presidential Immunity

Written by Kathrine Frich

Jul.02 - 2024 10:52 AM CET

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"There are no kings in America."

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President Joe Biden strongly condemned the Supreme Court's decision on Monday, which ruled that presidents have absolute immunity from criminal prosecution for basic official acts.

Speaking at the White House, Biden emphasized that no one in America is above the law, including the president.

"There are no kings in America. Each of us is equal under the law. No one is above the law, not even the President of the United States," Biden declared.

According to Digi24 he warned that the Supreme Court's decision on presidential immunity fundamentally changes this principle, creating a dangerous precedent that places presidential power beyond legal constraints, including those of the Supreme Court itself.

Supreme Court Ruling Raises Concerns Over Trump's Potential Second Term

The Supreme Court's 6-3 decision along ideological lines allows former President Donald Trump to claim immunity from prosecution for certain actions taken while in office.

This ruling is expected to delay his federal trial related to his alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 election results on January 6th.

The decision overturns a February ruling by a federal appeals court that stated Trump was not immune from prosecution for alleged crimes committed during his presidency.

Biden has repeatedly warned that the limits on presidential power now depend solely on the individual holding the office and their choices, suggesting that Trump poses a significant threat if he were to return to the presidency.

Political Implications and Biden's Campaign Challenges

Biden's politically charged speech comes at a critical moment for his campaign, which is grappling with persistent concerns about his age.

His performance in last week's presidential debate caused unease among some of his key donors and raised difficult questions for Democrats about his viability as a candidate for another term.

During his Monday speech, Biden appeared energetic as he read from a teleprompter in the White House's Cross Hall. However, he did not take questions and left immediately after his five-minute statement.

This speech is part of Biden's broader effort to counteract these concerns and reaffirm his commitment to upholding the rule of law.