Written by Ashton Snyder on
 July 11, 2024

Schumer Moves To Revoke Trump’s Immunity After Court Ruling

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has begun crafting new legislation to rescind former President Donald Trump's immunity for his actions following the 2020 election.

According to Fox News, this bill seeks to categorize Trump's actions in challenging the election results as "unofficial," thus stripping his immunity under a recent Supreme Court decision.

On July 2, the Supreme Court ruled that presidents have significant prosecutorial immunity for official acts committed in office. In a speech on the Senate floor, Schumer passionately challenged this ruling, emphasizing that Trump's attempts to overturn the 2020 election results amount to "election subversion acts" rather than official duties.

Schumer Speaks Out Against Immunity

The Senate Majority Leader asserted that American democracy is at a "perilous crossroads." He criticized the Supreme Court's decision, stating it inaccurately declared broad immunity for Trump's actions taken during his presidency. Schumer also drew parallels to former President Richard Nixon, who once claimed that presidential actions were inherently legal.

Schumer remarked, "We were all taught in grade school that there are no kings here in America, but what the conservative justices have done is effectively place a crown on Donald Trump’s head." He voiced concerns about further negative outcomes if Trump were to be re-elected, warning of additional "disastrous rulings" and ongoing turmoil stemming from January 6, 2021.

Trump's adviser, Brian Hughes, responded vehemently, accusing Schumer and Biden Democrats of weaponizing the legal system against the former president. He defended the Supreme Court's decision, underscoring the importance of preserving presidential powers to maintain the balance of power across government branches.

Reactions From Allies And Critics

Brian Hughes argued, "SCOTUS rightly protected the powers of the president—all presidents, not just Donald Trump—which is fundamental to the balance of power between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government." He labeled Schumer's moves an attack on the Constitution and an effort to undermine the Court's independence.

No text for the proposed bill was available on Congress' official website at Schumer's announcement. This legislative effort aligns with previous measures from top Democrats, including Rep. Adam Schiff's Protecting Our Democracy Act and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse's bill addressing Supreme Court criticisms.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse emphasized that the Supreme Court has become influenced by special interests, akin to how 19th-century railroad barons swayed a railroad commission. This mirrors Schumer's concerns about what he perceives as the Court's favoritism towards Trump.

Previous Legislative Efforts And Future Implications

Schumer predicted chaos and catastrophic results if Trump's actions are not checked and if he pursues another presidential term. Schumer’s proposed legislation marks a significant stance in Democrats' broader effort to safeguard democratic institutions from what they view as extremist threats.

Schumer's rhetoric, comparing Trump's behavior and resultant immunity to Nixon’s infamous declaration, underscores his assertion that no president should be above the law. The absence of the bill text illustrates the nascent stage of this legislative endeavor, though it has already sparked considerable political debate.

As Schumer continues to draft the bill, it remains to be seen how it will navigate the legislative process and what implications it might have for future administrations. However, the controversy surrounding the Supreme Court’s ruling and the proposed bill highlights ongoing tensions over the limits of presidential power.


Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's proposed legislation aims to classify former President Trump's actions post-2020 election as unofficial, possibly removing immunity granted by a recent Supreme Court decision. This initiative has sparked criticism from Trump's allies, reflecting deep partisan divisions over presidential powers and judiciary independence. As the bill advances, it will likely remain central to debates on power balance and democratic principles in the U.S.

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