Courts Swat Down Trump’s Executive Immunity Defense.
Plus: Hamas, Israel, and the Responsibility for Civilian Suffering and Deaths
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ON FRIDAY, THE U.S. COURT OF APPEALS for the D.C. Circuit unanimously rejected Donald Trump’s claim that he is absolutely immune from any lawsuits relating to the 2020 election-stealing efforts and the January 6, 2021 insurrection. The ruling came down in three consolidated civil cases brought by a handful of Democrats in Congress and Capitol police officers who were at the U.S. Capitol that day. By coincidence, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan also ruled on Friday that Trump has no blanket immunity from prosecution in the January 6th criminal case against him, either. That case goes to trial on March 4, 2024—one day before Trump is presumptively crowned the Republican nominee for president on Super Tuesday. In all likelihood, the Washington, D.C., jury will convict. Which means the GOP’s nominee for president will have a federal felony conviction to his name and a sentencing date on the calendar going into the general election.
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GABRIEL SCHOENFELD: Hamas, Israel, and the Responsibility for Civilian Suffering and Deaths.
AFTER A SEVEN-DAY TRUCE in which Israel traded convicted terrorists for the freedom of nearly one hundred women and children held hostage by Hamas, the war in Gaza has resumed. Israel remains intent upon realizing its objectives: rescuing all of the remaining hostages, destroying Hamas, and ensuring that Gaza is never again in a position to attack the people of Israel.
But will Israel have the time and the freedom of action to accomplish these goals? A great deal hinges on the position of the Biden administration, which is facing cross-cutting pressures from various constituencies at home and abroad, including staffers in the White House and State Department who have voiced their opposition to the administration’s support for Israel, and in the left flank of the Democratic party. Perhaps as a result, in a coordinated fashion the administration has begun leaning on Israel to alter its tactics.
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