Washington, DC — Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 6-3 ruling in Trump v. United States, deciding to remand the case regarding presidential immunity to the D.C. District Court. 

“The framers of our Constitution made it clear: the president of the United States is not a king. The majority’s opinion today runs counter to that founding principle, with the dissenting justices rightly noting that ‘history matters to this Court only when it is convenient,’” said Skye Perryman, President and CEO of Democracy Forward. “Following the January 6, 2021 insurrection, the United States was added to a list of global backsliding democracies and has remained on the list every year since, with 13 US presidential libraries—from Hoover to Obama—last year warning of the fragile state of American democracy. Today’s decision threatens to accelerate that dangerous backsliding. We are deeply concerned for the future of our democracy and we will continue to use the tools our Constitution provides to defend freedom, democracy, and the wellbeing of communities across the country.

“No one in the United States is above the law,” Perryman added. “The Court’s majority has once again delayed justice and signaled to the public and to our allies abroad that our nation’s democracy is under attack from within. We urge the District Court to act swiftly as directed by the Court and allow for a fair criminal trial.”

To speak with Perryman or another Democracy Forward spokesperson about the implications of this case and the far-right movement that backed it, please email dgrahamcaso@democracyforward.org. For more information about Democracy Forward, see here.

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