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Does Donald Trump Have the Five Votes He Needs at the Supreme Court to Get Presidential Immunity?

Updated: Feb 29

By: Donald V. Watkins

Copyrighted and Published on February 13, 2024

IMAGE: Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (left) with former president Donald Trump.

An Editorial Opinion


Does Donald Trump have the five votes he needs at the U.S. Supreme Court to get presidential immunity?   A week ago, I did not think so.


Today, it appears that Trump has secured the votes he needs to get presidential immunity. 

The Court has ordered Special Counsel Jack Smith to respond to Trump’s claim of immunity in one week.


Presidential immunity for criminal acts is not authorized in the U.S. Constitution.  It is not authorized in any federal statute, and it is not authorized in the Code of Federal Regulations.


Until today, such an immunity claim was merely a figment of Donald Trump’s imagination.  It was regarded as a “bullshit” legal argument.


Now, presidential immunity is a legitimate argument only because the required number of Justices on the Court have voted to formally consider this “bullshit” argument. 


Today, the U.S. Supreme Court functions as the judicial wing of the Republican Party. A majority of the Justices on the Court are nothing more than Republican political hacks.  Judicial opinions are often written to advance and protect the political interests of the Republican Party.


One of these political hacks – Justice Clarence Thomas – should already be under a federal criminal investigation for bribery and income tax evasion.  The only reason Thomas remains on the Court is because Merrick Garland is a weak, scared, and useless Attorney General.


Clarence Thomas was one of the five Justices who voted in favor of George Bush in Bush v. Gore (2000), thereby giving Bush the presidency in 2001.

Reportedly, Thomas is leading the roundup of votes for Trump’s presidential immunity.  Because of his seniority and networking skills, Thomas operates as the "de facto" Chief Justice of the Court.


I believe Clarence Thomas has secured the 5 votes necessary to deliver presidential immunity to Donald Trump.  If so, Trump’s four criminal cases are over.

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Donald V. Watkins
Donald V. Watkins
Feb 13

These men are smiling in this White House photo because they are winning.

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