Without immunity from criminal prosecution, the Presidency as we know it will cease to exist.Former President Donald Trump’s lawyers in an emergency appeal to the United States Supreme Court. The President is asking the nation’s highest court to further delay his election interference trial, claiming presidential immunity.
Why It Matters: The emergency appeal applies to the federal case in which prosecutors accuse former President Trump of attempting to overturn the 2020 election results and being involved in events ahead of the January 6 Capitol Hill riot. The Supreme Court’s decision may impact whether or not President Trump will stand trial in the case prior to the November election. This is one of four criminal trials President Trump currently faces.
- Special counsel Jack Smith’s team has advocated for the trial to occur in 2024. In December, they wrote, “It is of imperative public importance that Respondent’s claim of immunity be resolved by this Court and that Respondent’s trial proceed as promptly as possible if his claim of immunity is rejected.”
- President Trump’s lawyers consider pushes for a prompt trial to be partisan, saying, “Conducting a months-long criminal trial of President Trump at the height of election season will radically disrupt President Trump’s ability to campaign against President Biden — which appears to be the whole point of the Special Counsel’s persistent demands for expedition.”
Read More: Trump asks Supreme Court to put off his election interference trial, claiming immunity (The Associated Press)
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by Emily Hooker, based in Texas