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Cooley, Protect Democracy File Amicus Brief for Retired Four-Star Generals, Admirals and Former Secretaries of the Army, Navy and Air Force Opposing Presidential Immunity Claim

April 9, 2024

Washington, DC – April 9, 2024 – Cooley, alongside co-counsel from Protect Democracy, filed an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court on April 8, 2024, on behalf of 19 retired four-star generals and admirals and former secretaries of the Army, Navy and Air Force opposing former President Donald Trump’s assertion of absolute presidential immunity from criminal prosecution.

The case is Trump v. United States in the Supreme Court (docket number 23-939). It arises from an August 2023 indictment charging Trump with multiple counts of interfering with the 2020 presidential election. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on the case on April 25, 2024.

The amici argue that the asserted claim of absolute presidential immunity from criminal prosecution would threaten and undermine the military’s role in American society, our nation’s constitutional order, our national security and our democracy.

Read the brief

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