The ego trip of absolute immunity has been thoroughly trashed.
Ã¢ÂÂ Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) July 10, 2020
Not a monarch or even a grand Poobah, Trump helped solidify the arguments that will refine the OLC opinion on not being able to indict a sitting POTUS.
Ã¢ÂÂ Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) July 10, 2020
On Thursday, all nine justices rejected Trump's “absolute immunity” argument. All of them. In the otherwise 7–2 opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, “We cannot conclude that absolute immunity is necessary or appropriate under Article II or the Supremacy Clause.” He added, “On that point the Court is unanimous.”
Further, the seven-justice majority also held that the Constitution does not even require a “heightened standard of need” to issue a state criminal subpoena to a sitting president as compared to an ordinary person.
The bottom line: No one is above the law. Not even the president of the United States. And just by checking Trump's Twitter feed, he seems to be lava-level mad about this message. He wants not just absolute immunity but also absolute power. Remember, he often references Article II of the Constitution (which sets out the powers and duties of the presidency) as if it confers upon him a monarchical status. “Article II allows me to do whatever I want,” he claimed. No such thing.
The Vance decision may also impact a number of seemingly separate matters, including a civil case brought by E. Jean Carroll seeking the president's DNA in connection with a rape allegation, and a document production in another defamation case linked to his alleged sexual harassment of Summer Zervos, a former Apprentice contestant. This is because while Trump's view of presidential immunity was suspect in light of the Clinton v. Jones precedent, the Vance matter involved a state proceeding, as do the cases involving Carroll and Zervos.
Ã¢ÂÂ Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) July 10, 2020
Ã¢ÂÂ Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) July 10, 2020
Ã¢ÂÂ Bill Bramhall (@BillBramhall) July 10, 2020
Ashley Parker is reporting that Trump was bragging to aides that in his cognitive test, he was able to remember 5 words in a row.
Ã¢ÂÂ The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 10, 2020
Ã¢ÂÂ Duty To Warn Ã°ÂÂÂ (@duty2warn) July 10, 2020
Ã¢ÂÂ MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) July 10, 2020