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Lawfare Live: SCOTUS Rules on Presidential Immunity

Benjamin Wittes, Quinta Jurecic, Roger Parloff, Anna Bower, Lee Kovarsky
Monday, July 1, 2024, 11:46 AM
Watch a live podcast recording on the Supreme Court's presidential immunity decision.

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On July 1, the Supreme Court ruled in Trump v. United States, the D.C. election interference case against former President Donald Trump, that former presidents of the United States enjoy "absolute immunity from criminal prosecution for actions within [their] conclusive and preclusive constitutional authority." And former presidents enjoy "at least presumptive immunity from prosecution" for all official acts. The Court also held that presidential immunity does not extend to unofficial acts.

At 2pm ET today, Lawfare Editor-in-Chief Benjamin Wittes, Lawfare Senior Editors Quinta Jurecic and Roger Parloff, Lawfare Courts Correspondent and Legal Fellow Anna Bower, and Bryant Smith Chair in Law at the University of Texas at Austin Lee Kovarsky will discuss the Court's ruling, what it means for the D.C. case against the former president, and when pre-trial proceedings may resume.

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If you can’t attend the live event, the recording will be available immediately afterward on Lawfare’s YouTube channel or later on the Lawfare Podcast feed.

Benjamin Wittes is editor in chief of Lawfare and a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of several books.
Quinta Jurecic is a fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and a senior editor at Lawfare. She previously served as Lawfare's managing editor and as an editorial writer for the Washington Post.
Roger Parloff is a journalist based in Washington, D.C. In recent years, he has regularly contributed to Yahoo Finance and Air Mail News, and has also been published in The New York Times, ProPublica, New York, and For 12 years, he was the main legal correspondent at Fortune Magazine. He is an attorney who no longer practices. He is a senior editor at Lawfare.
Anna Bower is Lawfare’s Legal Fellow and Courts Correspondent. Anna holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Cambridge and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School. She joined Lawfare as a recipient of Harvard’s Sumner M. Redstone Fellowship in Public Service. Prior to law school, Anna worked as a judicial assistant for a Superior Court judge in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit of Georgia. She also previously worked as a Fulbright Fellow at Anadolu University in Eskişehir, Turkey. A native of Georgia, Anna is based in Atlanta and Washington, D.C.
Lee Kovarsky is the Bryant Smith Chair in Law at the University of Texas, where he also co-directs the school's Capital Punishment Center. He has litigated Texas death penalty cases for almost twenty years.