Trump Moves to Have Hush Money Conviction Overturned After Supreme Court Ruling on Presidential Immunity

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On Monday, President Trump moved to overturn his hush money conviction following the Supreme Court’s ruling that grants him presidential immunity for official acts.

Trump’s legal team had previously argued for presidential immunity to delay the hush money trial, but this argument was rejected.

In May, President Trump was convicted on all 34 felony counts in Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg’s hush money case.

Judge Merchan instructed jurors that they did not need to agree on a specific crime, which is unprecedented in US history. The jury only needed to agree that something bad occurred.

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The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 on Monday that Trump has absolute immunity for actions within his core Constitutional duties.

The Court determined that former presidents are generally presumed to have immunity for their official acts, though this does not extend to unofficial acts.

According to a report from the New York Times, Trump’s lawyers are seeking to have the verdict tossed because the jury was shown evidence during trial that they believe should have been protected by presidential immunity. The letter to Judge Merchan was sent just hours after the Supreme Court issued its historical ruling on presidential immunity.

Trump’s lawyers have also requested more time to present their arguments on presidential immunity, which could delay the sentencing that is scheduled for July 11.

ABC News reported:

Hours after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling that President Donald Trump has some presidential immunity from criminal prosecution for actions taken to overturn results of the 2020 election, Trump on Monday sought to have his conviction thrown out in his New York criminal hush money case, according to sources.

Trump’s lawyers said the hush money verdict should be tossed because the jury saw evidence during trial that they believe should have been protected by presidential immunity, according to a letter to Judge Juan Merchan that was described by sources to ABC News.

The defense sought additional time to make their argument — a move that could delay Trump’s sentencing, which is currently scheduled for July 11.

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