(LibertySociety.com) – Former President Trump has repeatedly argued that the President of the United States is afforded immunity, which protects the president from prosecution. Legal experts have argued back and forth on the matter, with most left-leaning media outlets only hosting experts who agree that he does not have immunity. In December, Trump’s attorneys filed the immunity claim with Judge Tanya Chutkan, who is presiding over the Department of Justice (DOJ) case against the former president. Chutkan wholly rejected the claim, and his attorneys appealed the ruling.
The immunity claim was then sent to a federal appeals court, but Special Counsel Jack Smith attempted to expedite the matter to the Supreme Court of the United States. On December 22, the high court declined to hear the case ahead of the appeals court, likely jeopardizing Chutkan’s March 4 scheduled trial date. With the primary election season in full swing, pollsters are racing to get the latest opinions from voters. A new Marist College poll released ahead of the New Hampshire primary showed that 65 percent of voters in the state do not believe that Trump should be immune from criminal prosecution. However, 69 percent of New Hampshire Republicans said that he should have immunity.
Trump currently holds a commanding lead over former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley in New Hampshire. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis dropped out of the race and endorsed Trump on January 21, just two days before the state’s primary election. Haley has enjoyed a surge following the endorsement of New Hampshire Republican Governor Chris Sununu, but still trails Trump by 18 percentage points. Trump lost the state in the general elections of 2016 and 2020, and Biden is currently up seven percentage points in a head-to-head matchup in the state.
Many DeSantis supporters have followed suit and said they would rally behind Trump. However, it is unclear if that will help him in New Hampshire, where DeSantis was polling at just eight percent. Trump has also received new endorsements from congressional lawmakers since his victory in the Iowa caucus. Haley has the support of just one member of Congress.
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