US Supreme Court to rule on Trump's immunity claims

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The Supreme Court will decide whether former President Donald Trump is immune from prosecution on charges of trying to overturn the 2020 election.

The court's conservative 6-3 majority decided to hear Trump's claims that he should be protected from criminal liability.

This is the first time the court has addressed such a case.

A US appeals court has already rejected Trump's argument that he enjoys presidential immunity.

Trump claimed in the landmark legal case that he is immune from all criminal charges for acts he said fall within his duties as president.

But the court unanimously ruled against the 77-year-old, writing that: "We cannot accept former President Trump's contention that the president has unlimited powers to commit crimes that would neutralize the most fundamental check on executive power -- the recognition and enforcement of election results."

He appealed the case to the Supreme Court and asked for that decision to be put on hold.

Trump was charged last year with witness tampering and conspiracy to defraud the United States in federal court in Washington over his attempts to overturn his 2020 election loss to Joe Biden.

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