Trump’s Future On The Line – Supreme Court Battle Gets Heated

On Monday, former President Trump sought intervention from the Supreme Court to abandon his effort to dismiss his election meddling lawsuit on the grounds of presidential immunity.

On Tuesday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals determined that special counsel Jack Smith’s case may potentially lead to Trump’s prosecution. However, the court postponed the mandate’s issuance until Monday so that Trump could request the Supreme Court to intervene. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan had already postponed the former president’s trial in anticipation of his appeal, but now Trump wants the Supreme Court to halt the requirement until he does so.

In early February, Chutkan said that the court will “establish a fresh timetable if and when the mandate is restored,” therefore vacating the March 4th trial date for Trump. In December, Chutkan denied Trump’s request to dismiss the lawsuit on the grounds of presidential immunity. She halted the case’s progression in response to his appeal.

By requesting that the Supreme Court review the matter before the appeals court could, Smith hoped to maintain the December trial date, but the justices turned him down.

“President Trump’s contention that presidents have total immunity from criminal prosecution for their official activities offers a unique, complicated, and important subject that demands careful examination on appeal,” the motion asserts proudly.

“Similar to the district court, the panel ruling below finds that the President does not have any immunity from prosecution for official activities. What a startling departure from established standards and previous practices.”

During the January oral arguments, Trump was present in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Biden appointment Judge Florence Pan probed Trump’s counsel throughout the hearing over the viability of his immunity claim, specifically if it would shield a president from criminal prosecution in the event that he ordered SEAL Team Six to kill a political opponent.

“For the sake of this criminal prosecution, former President Trump has assumed the status of a citizen, with all the defenses that any other defendant would have. However, the tribunal said in its finding from February 6 that any protections afforded to him during his presidency are no longer applicable to this prosecution.” “Trump, as president, did not have the constitutional discretion to disregard federal criminal law, and he must face the consequences of his actions.”

The judgment of the D.C. Circuit “seems to permit the district court to commence criminal proceedings immediately,” as stated in Trump’s motion.

“In the 2024 election, President Trump is the leading contender for president,” his lawyer said. “At the height of election season, the Special Counsel’s relentless requests for expedition seem to be to conduct a months-long trial of President Trump. This will severely impair President Trump’s freedom to campaign against President Biden.”

“The D.C. Circuit’s order therefore threatens immediate irreparable harm to the First Amendment interests of President Donald Trump and tens of millions of American citizens , who have the right to hear Trump’s campaign message as they vote in November,” the application says.

Author: Scott Dowdy

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