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Schumer says Congress must act to check conservative justices who protect Trump from prosecution

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has criticized conservative Supreme Court justices for effectively enabling former President Donald Trump to commit crimes without consequences by providing legal immunity for certain acts. Schumer expressed his intention to introduce legislation aimed at addressing this issue, emphasizing Congress's authority to check the judiciary through appropriate laws. He specifically highlighted the need to classify Trump's attempts to undermine the election results as unofficial acts that should not be shielded by presidential immunity, challenging the interpretation of what constitutes official versus unofficial actions.

Schumer's call for legislative action comes in the wake of a recent Supreme Court ruling that granted Trump legal immunity from prosecution for acts considered official in nature. The Senate returned from recess, with Schumer stressing the importance of preventing any president from overturning election outcomes against the will of the people. The Democrat leader emphasized the necessity of reasserting Congress's authority outlined in Article I to combat potential abuses within the federal judiciary, claiming that the public is weary of justices evading accountability.

While the specifics of the proposed bill remain unclear, Schumer acknowledges the challenges that lie ahead in advancing the legislation, especially in a Senate where Democrats hold a slim majority. Acknowledging the obstacles in the legislative process, Schumer remains determined to pursue measures to rein in the power of the judiciary and uphold the principles of democracy. Furthermore, aside from congressional efforts, the White House has also signaled its intent to explore potential responses to the Supreme Court's ruling, with a focus on safeguarding democracy and the rule of law in the face of perceived threats posed by the decision.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09