A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard arguments on Tuesday concerning former President Donald Trump’s claim of immunity from prosecution regarding the 2020 election.
Special Counsel Jack Smith filed charges against Trump in a federal court in Washington, D.C., and Trump was present at the arguments. In response to the four counts against him, Trump has entered a not guilty plea: conspiracy to defraud the United States, obstruction of an official proceeding, conspiracy to obstruct the right to vote and to have one’s vote counted, and conspiracy overall.
Because his actions in 2020 were part of his official presidential responsibilities, Trump argues that he is immune from prosecution.
All three judges hearing the case are women — Karen Henderson, nominated by President George H.W. Bush in 1990, and Michelle Childs and Florence Pan, nominated by President Joe Biden.