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Biden issues warning after immunity ruling as Trump looks to overturn conviction

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Reaction from President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump after the Supreme Court’s historic ruling on presidential immunity. And Hurricane Beryl strengthens to a Category 5 as it approaches Jamaica. These stories and more highlight The Morning Rundown for Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Biden issues warning after SCOTUS ruling as Trump looks to overturn conviction

In a landmark 6-3 vote along ideological lines the Supreme Court justices ruled Monday, July 1, that former President Donald Trump is entitled to immunity for official acts he took while in office. The effects of the court’s decision will be seen in the coming days. 

The two presumptive nominees in the 2024 presidential race both reacted. 

The high court’s ruling gave Trump some immunity from being criminally prosecuted on charges of attempting to overturn the 2020 election, however, it did not totally dismiss Special Counsel Jack Smith’s case. The former president is reportedly looking to have his New York trial conviction overturned based on the Supreme Court’s decision. 

According to Trump’s legal team, the Manhattan jury’s verdict that found him guilty of falsifying business records should be overturned because the jurors saw evidence during trial that they now consider to be protected. Trump’s lawyers are seeking a delay in Trump’s sentencing so they can have more time to make their case. Trump’s sentencing is currently scheduled for July 11.

In the Supreme Court’s opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, “The president is not above the law. But … the president may not be prosecuted for exercising his core constitutional powers.” 

After that decision came down, Trump posted on his social media platform Truth Social saying, “Big win for our Constitution and democracy. Proud to be an American.” 

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden decided the historic ruling warranted a primetime address. In it, he warned of what he called a “dangerous precedent.” 

Biden calling the ruling a, “disservice to the people of this nation,” saying the decision means there are “virtually no limits on what a president can do.” 

“This nation was founded on the principle that there are no kings in America,” the president said. “Each of us is equal before the law. No one, no one is above the law, not even the President of the United States. [With] today’s Supreme Court decision on presidential immunity, that fundamentally changed for all practical purposes.” 

Biden repeated Justice Sonia Sotomayer’s dissent, saying the ruling makes the president “now a king above the law.”  

In response, Trump posted that the primetime address was just meant to deflect from Biden’s “horrible campaign performance.”  

Steve Bannon begins 4-month prison sentence for contempt of Congress

Steve Bannon remained defiant as he turned himself in to serve four months in a federal prison Monday, July 1.

“I’m proud to go to prison,” he said in a press conference before turning himself over to authorities. “I am proud of going to prison today.”

The longtime Trump ally was convicted of contempt for defying a congressional subpoena from the committee that probed the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol attack. 

Bannon will serve his sentence at the federal correctional institution in Danbury, Connecticut. 

“If this is what it takes to stand up to tyranny, if that’s what it takes to stand up to the [Attorney General Merrick] Garland corrupt criminal DOJ, if this is what it takes to stand up to Nancy Pelosi, if this is what it takes to stand up to Joe Biden, I’m proud to do it,” Bannon said. “I was on a destroyer for four years in the Navy. I am prepared for whatever prison has, right? Our prisons are run very well. The Bureau of Prisons does a great job. I’m prepared to do this, whatever task I do, I’m totally prepared mentally, physically, everything, for prison.” 

In an interview Monday, former President Trump blamed President Biden for what he claims is a “weaponization” of the justice system, saying Biden is “going to pay a big price” for it.  Trump’s campaign told ABC News Trump’s statement meant Biden will lose the election come November.

Iran, Syria, North Korea sued in connection with Oct. 7 Israel attack

More than 100 victims and families of victims of Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel are suing Iran, Syria and North Korea. They said the countries provided the terrorist organization the money, weapons and instruction to carry out the deadly attack

The lawsuit, which was filed in a New York court, seeks at least $4 billion in damages for the attack. The suit was filed by the Anti-Defamation League — a Jewish advocacy organization — and is the largest case against foreign countries in connection with the attack. 

The United States has deemed Iran, Syria and North Korea state sponsors of terrorism

This comes as the Israeli army ordered a mass evacuation of Palestinians from much of the southern Gaza city Khan Younis on Monday, July 1, signaling troops are likely to launch a new ground assault into the strip’s second-largest city. 

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[KARAH RUCKER]

IT WAS A LANDMARK RULING BY THE SUPREME COURT. 

IN A 6-3 VOTE ALONG IDEOLOGICAL LINES – THE JUSTICES RULING FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IS ENTITLED TO SOME IMMUNITY FOR OFFICIAL ACTS HE TOOK WHILE IN OFFICE. 

THE EFFECTS OF THE COURT’S DECISION WILL BE SEEN IN THE COMING DAYS. 

BUT IT TOOK LITTLE TIME FOR THE TWO PRESUMPTIVE NOMINEES IN THE 2024 PRESIDENTIAL RACE TO REACT. 

AFTER THE HIGH COURT’S RULING  – GIVING TRUMP SOME IMMUNITY FROM BEING CRIMINALLY PROSECUTED ON CHARGES OF ATTEMPTING TO OVERTURN THE 2020 ELECTION – WHILE NOT TOTALLY DISMISSING SPECIAL COUNSEL JACK SMITH’S CASE — 

THE FORMER PRESIDENT IS REPORTEDLY LOOKING TO HAVE HIS NEW YORK TRIAL CONVICTION OVERTURNED BASED ON THE SUPREME COURT’S DECISION. 

ACCORDING TO TRUMP’S LEGAL TEAM – THE MANHATTAN JURY’S VERDICT THAT FOUND HIM GUILTY OF FALSIFYING BUSINESS RECORDS — SHOULD BE OVERTURNED BECAUSE THE JURORS SAW EVIDENCE DURING TRIAL THAT THEY CONSIDER NOW TO BE PROTECTED. 

TRUMP’S LAWYERS ARE SEEKING A DELAY IN TRUMP’S SENTENCING – WHICH IS CURRENTLY SCHEDULED FOR JULY 11TH -SO THEY CAN HAVE MORE TIME TO MAKE THEIR CASE. 

IN THE SUPREME COURT’S OPINION, CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS WROTE – “THE PRESIDENT IS NOT ABOVE THE LAW. BUT… THE PRESIDENT MAY NOT BE PROSECUTED FOR EXERCISING HIS CORE CONSTITUTIONAL POWERS.” 

AFTER THAT DECISION CAME DOWN – TRUMP POSTED ON HIS TRUTH SOCIAL SITE – “BIG WIN FOR OUR CONSTITUTION AND DEMOCRACY. PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN.” 

MEANWHILE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN DECIDING THE HISTORIC RULING WARRANTED A PRIMETIME ADDRESS —  WARNING OF WHAT HE CALLED A “DANGEROUS PRECEDENT.” 

BIDEN CALLING THE RULING A “DISSERVICE TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS NATION” SAYING THE DECISION MEANS THAT THERE IS “VIRTUALLY NO LIMITS ON WHAT A PRESIDENT CAN DO.” 

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN 

“This nation was founded on the principle that there are no kings in America. Each, each of us is equal before the law. No one, no one is above the law, not even the president of the United States. [With] today’s Supreme Court decision on presidential immunity, that fundamentally changed for all practical purposes.” 

[KARAH RUCKER]

BIDEN REPEATING JUSTICE SONIA SOTOMAYER’S DISSENT – SAYING THE RULING MAKES THE PRESIDENT QUOTE “NOW A KING ABOVE THE LAW.”  

IN RESPONSE — TRUMP POSTING THAT THE PRIMETIME ADDRESS WAS JUST MEANT TO DEFELECT FROM BIDEN’S QUOTE “HORRIBLE CAMPAIGN PERFORMANCE.” 

STEVE BANNON REMAINING DEFIANT AS HE TURNED HIMSELF IN TO SERVE FOUR MONTHS IN A FEDERAL PRISON MONDAY. 

STEVE BANNON | TRUMP ALLY 

“I’m proud to go to prison. I am proud of going to prison today.” 

[KARAH RUCKER]

THE LONGTIME TRUMP ALLY WAS CONVICTED OF CONTEMPT FOR DEFYING A CONGRESSIONAL SUBPOENA FROM THE COMMITTEE THAT PROBED THE JANUARY 6-TH U.S. CAPITOL ATTACK. 

BANNON WILL SERVE HIS SENTENCE AT THE FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION IN DANBURY, CONNECTICUT. 

AND HE HAD TO GET THE LAST WORD BEFORE OFFICIALLY BEING TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. 

STEVE BANNON | TRUMP ALLY 

“If this is what it takes to stand up to tyranny, if that’s what it takes to stand up to the Garland corrupt criminal DOJ, if this is what it takes to stand up to Nancy Pelosi, if this is what it takes to stand up to Joe Biden, to Joe Biden, I’m proud to do it.” 

“I was on a destroyer for four years in the Navy. I am prepared for whatever prison has, right? Our prisons are run very well. The Bureau of Prisons does a great job. I’m prepared to do this, whatever task I do, I’m totally prepared mentally, physically, everything for prison.” 

[KARAH RUCKER]

CONT VOIN AN INTERVIEW YESTERDAY — FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP BLAMED PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN FOR WHAT HE CLAIMS IS A “WEAPONIZATION” OF THE JUSTICE SYSTEM — SAYING BIDEN IS “GOING TO PAY A BIG PRICE” FOR IT. 

MORE THAN 100 VICTIMS AND FAMILIES OF VICTIMS OF HAMAS’ OCTOBER 7-TH ATTACK ON ISRAEL ARE SUING IRAN, SYRIA, AND NORTH KOREA — SAYING THE COUNTRIES SUPPLIED THE TERRORIST ORGANIZATION WITH THE MONEY, WEAPONS, AND INSTRUCTION TO CARRY OUT the DEADLY ATTACK. 

THE LAWSUIT — WHICH WAS FILED IN FEDERAL COURT IN NEW YORK — SEEKS AT LEAST 4 BILLION dollars IN DAMAGES FOR THE ATTACK. 

THE SUIT WAS FILED BY THE ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE — a jewish anti-hate organization — AND IS THE LARGEST CASE AGAINST FOREIGN COUNTRIES IN CONNECTION WITH THE ATTACK. 

THE UNITED STATES HAS DEEMED IRAN, SYRIA AND NORTH KOREA as STATE SPONSORS OF TERRORISM. 

THIS COMES AS THE ISRAELI ARMY ORDERED A MASS EVACUATION OF PALESTINIANS FROM MUCH OF THE SOUTHERN GAZA CITY KHAN YOUNIS ON MONDAY — SIGNALING TROOPS ARE LIKELY TO LAUNCH A NEW GROUND ASSAULT INTO THE STRIP’S SECOND-LARGEST CITY. 

HURRICANE BERYL IS NOW A CATEGORY 5 STORM — 

THIS IS THE EARLIEST ON RECORD THAT A HURRICANE HAS REACHED THE HIGHEST CATEGORY THERE IS WITH WINDSPEEDS ABOVE 160 MILES PER HOUR.  

IT MADE LANDFALL ON THE CARIBBEAN’S WINDWARD ISLANDS ON MONDAY AS A CATEGORY 4 STORM –  

MANY ARE STILL WITHOUT POWER OR WATER AND AT LEAST ONE DEATH HAS BEEN REPORTED.  

THE HURRICANE IS EXPECTED TO HIT JAMAICA BY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON WITH LIFE-THREATENING WINDS AND STORM SURGE. 

BERYL IS ONLY THE SECOND CATEGORY 5 ATLANTIC STORM TO BE RECORDED IN JULY. 

IN A SMALL VICTORY FOR THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION — A FEDERAL APPEALS COURT WILL ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO MOVE FORWARD WITH LOWERING MILLIONS OF STUDENT LOAN BORROWERS’ MONTHLY PAYMENTS THIS MONTH… AS THE ADMINISTRATION FACES TWO LEGAL BATTLES OVER THE REPAYMENT PLAN KNOWN AS SAVE, WHICH LAUNCHED LAST YEAR. 

LAST WEEK, A FEDERAL JUDGE IN KANSAS ISSUED AN INJUNCTION BLOCKING THE PLAN FROM TAKING EFFECT ON JULY 1-ST. 

THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE QUICKLY APPEALED. 

UNDER SAVE — MANY BORROWERS WILL PAY ONLY 5 PERCENT OF THEIR DISCRETIONARY INCOME TOWARD THEIR DEBT EVERY MONTH… AND ANYONE MAKING 32-THOUSAND 800 DOLLARS OR LESS WILL HAVE *NO* MONTHLY PAYMENT. 

ON THE OTHER INCOME-DRIVEN REPAYMENT PLANS — BORROWERS PAY AT LEAST 10 PERCENT OF THEIR DISCRETIONARY INCOME. 

ANOTHER OLYMPIAN IS MAKING HISTORYAT JUST 16 YEARS OLD. 

THE TEEN SPRINTING PHENOM’S NAME IS QUINCY WILSON. 

AFTER TWICE BREAKING THE U.S. RECORD FOR UNDER-18 RUNNERS AT THE OLYMPIC TRIALS — IT WAS CONFIRMED MONDAY WILSON WILL BE JOINING TEAM USA AT THE PARIS SUMMER GAMES LATER THIS MONTH. 

WILSON WILL BE PART OF THE TEAM THAT RUNS THE 4 BY 400 RELAY – MAKING HIM THE YOUNGEST AMERICAN MALE ATHLETE TO APPEAR AT AN OLYMPICS. 

WILSON’S TEAM WILL FORMALLY BE ANNOUNCED NEXT WEEK.