Former AG Defends Decision (Video)

United States Department of Justice

( – Former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr recently defended the Supreme Court’s decision that granted former President Donald Trump “absolute immunity” for actions taken in his official capacity.

Watch the video below.

Barr clarified that the president’s immunity applies strictly to actions directly linked to his constitutional duties.

He outlined different levels of immunity: absolute immunity for direct constitutional actions, presumptive immunity for official acts and no immunity for private actions.

Barr emphasized that the courts are tasked with determining the nature of the president’s actions before they reach the Supreme Court.

However, critics including Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor claimed that Supreme Court ruling excessively empowers and makes a president “a king above the law.”

In her dissent, Justice Sotomayor suggested that this decision transforms the presidency into a position of unchecked power, stating, “Let the President violate the law, let him exploit the trappings of his office for personal gain, let him use his official power for evil ends.”

She added, “Because if he knew that he may one day face liability for breaking the law, he might not be as bold and fearless as we would like him to be. That is the majority’s message today.”

In turn, Barr blasted Justice Sotomayor’s interpretation and explained that the president cannot perform illegal acts under the guise of executive function.

“He doesn’t have authority to fabricate evidence,” Barr stated, “That’s not carrying out an executive function. And the worst example, I think — the one that makes no sense whatsoever is that he can use SEAL Teams 6 to kill a political opponent.”

Amid these discussions, some liberal commentators have overdramatically theorized that Joe Biden could now misuse executive powers against political rivals, including directing military actions.

However, these scenarios are based on misunderstandings of the ruling’s scope and implications.

The case involving Trump relates to his actions surrounding the January 6, 2021 incident, in which Special Counsel Jack Smith accused him of allegedly attempting to overturn the election results.

The Supreme Court has decided to review Trump’s appeal against the Department of Justice’s indictment, with Chief Justice John Roberts indicating that the determination of what constitutes an official act should be “best left to the lower courts.”

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