Supreme Court Rejects 'Independent State Legislature' Theory

The Supreme Court has resoundingly rejected the 'independent state legislature' theory that would have given state legislatures unchecked power to draw redistricting maps and pass voting laws. The theory was pushed by state Republicans in North Carolina and supported by conservative legal groups.

In a 6-3 opinion authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Court held that the Elections Clause does not grant exclusive authority to state legislatures for setting federal election rules. This theory was central to Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.

The Court's rejection of the theory has significant implications for investigations into Trump's conduct on January 6. It weakens one of their principal defenses against charges of wrongdoing during the Capitol riots.

The ruling deals a blow to Trump's claims and highlights the importance of upholding democratic processes and ensuring fair elections.

The conservative legal movement's support for the theory demonstrates the intersection of politics and the judiciary, reflecting the ongoing battles over voting rights and redistricting.

Trump Discusses Classified Information He Can't Declassify

Former President Donald Trump is heard discussing classified information in an audio recording of a 2021 meeting held after he left the White House. The recording reveals Trump referring to 'secret information' that he claims he lacks the power to declassify.

According to reports, Trump mentions a document related to possible military action against Iran, indicating its highly confidential nature. Prosecutors in a federal indictment accused Trump of showing the document to individuals without proper security clearance during a July 2021 meeting.

Trump's remarks undermine his defense that he had declassified the documents he retained after leaving office. The recording raises questions about his handling of classified information and potential breaches of security protocols.

The revelation of Trump discussing classified information adds fuel to the ongoing scrutiny of his actions and decisions while in office. It highlights the need for accountability and adherence to proper handling of sensitive government materials.

The audio recording could have legal implications and further impact Trump's legacy as controversies surrounding his presidency continue to unfold.


Dahlia Lithwick. (June 27, 2023). The Supreme Court’s Latest Decision Is a Big Fat Rebuke to Donald Trump’s Jan. 6 Claims.
Tim Smith / Bloomberg. (June 27, 2023). ‘I Could Have Declassified It, But Now I Can’t’: Trump Discusses Iran-Related Docs on Tape.

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