WASHINGTON–U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Monday released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling in Trump v. United States, which ruled that former President Donald Trump has presidential immunity from criminal prosecution of federal election subversion charges related to the January 6th insurrection:  

“Today, the Supreme Court gave Donald Trump the political gift of a lifetime – total protection for the insurrection he led on January 6th. This stunning refusal by the Court to hold Donald Trump accountable for his actions not only gives future presidents a free pass to knowingly commit crimes, it also transforms the office of the President into a King-like ruler. This should be simple. No American citizen is above the law, not even a former president.

“The fact that the Supreme Court slow-walked this decision to all but guarantee that Donald Trump won’t have to stand trial for his crimes before the election is further proof that the radical right-wing justices are more interested in masquerading as unelected politicians in robes than in upholding American democracy. In the words of Justice Jackson, this 6-3 decision, in which three Trump-appointed judges ruled in his favor, breaks new and dangerous ground when it comes to holding the most powerful person in our country accountable for their actions and flies in the face of constitutional norms.”