Donald Trump announces he will attend federal appeals court over arguments on presidential immunity claiming he cannot face criminal charges

Monday 8 January 2024

Donald Trump said he will be attending an appeals court hearing regarding the scope of his presidential immunity in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.

In a Truth Social post on Monday, Trump said: "Of course I was entitled, as President of the United States and Commander in Chief, to immunity.

"I wasn’t campaigning, the election was long over. I was looking for voter fraud, and fining it, which is my obligation to do, and otherwise running running our country.

"If I don’t get immunity, then Crooked Joe Biden doesn’t get Immunity, and with the Border Invasion and Afghanistan Surrender, alone, not to mention the millions of dollars that went into his "pockets" with money from foreign counties, Joe would be ripe for Indictment.

"By weaponizing the DOJ against his political opponent, ME, Joe has opened a giant Pandora’s Box."

Prosecutors have accused Trump of attempting to obstruct Congress and defraud the U.S. government through schemes to reverse Democratic President Joe Biden's 2020 election win.

Trump has argued that the case should be dismissed on the grounds that former presidents cannot face criminal charges for conduct related to their official responsibilities.

Trump repeated to the crowd at the campaign event in Iowa that the 2020 election was fraudulent

US District Judge Tanya Chutkan rejected that claim on 1 December, prompting Trump's appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Trump on Saturday downplayed his role in the siege of the U.S. Capitol on the third anniversary of the attack, arguing that those prosecuted for storming the building should be freed.

Speaking at a campaign event in Clinton, Iowa with the first Republican nominating contest little more than a week away, Trump called those jailed in the wake of the January 2021 attack "hostages" and said they had been mistreated by the Biden administration.

"They've suffered enough," Trump said. "I call them hostages. Some people call them prisoners."

Speaking to more than a thousand supporters in a school gymnasium, Trump repeated his unfounded claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent and cast himself as a victim of political persecution.

Trump's appeal suspended his trial, which is currently set to take place in March.