A three-judge panel in Washington, D.C., is set to consider Tuesday former President Donald Trump’s claim that he is shielded from federal criminal prosecution.
Oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will focus on Trump’s legal theory that the charges — namely that he engaged in an alleged scheme to subvert the results of the 2020 presidential election — should be dismissed because the alleged conduct occurred when he was president.
A lower court has already ruled that Trump is not absolutely immune from prosecution, and the outcome of the appeal could potentially derail the charges brought by special counsel Jack Smith over Trump’s actions surrounding the 2020 presidential election.
The case will be heard by Judges Karen LeCraft Henderson, Michelle Childs and Florence Pan. Last week, two sources with knowledge of Trump’s plans told CBS News that he was expected to attend the arguments in D.C. The former president confirmed his plan in a social media post early Monday morning, and claimed he was “looking for voter fraud” in the aftermath of the election. Smith, though, has argued he was engaging in illegal acts to remain in power despite losing at the ballot box.
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