Trump Urges SCOTUS to Extend Delay, Files Emergency Appeal in Election Interference Trial

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 02/12/2024
Donald Trump is seeking an extension from the Supreme Court to prolong the trial regarding his alleged interference in the election. He argues that he is immune from prosecution, claiming that he did not conspire to overturn his 2020 election defeat. 

According to the AP, the lawyers representing the former president wasted no time in filing an urgent appeal with the court. This move comes just four days after the justices heard another appeal from Trump, who is fighting to stay on the presidential ballot despite facing attempts to remove him due to his actions following his loss in the 2020 election. "The Presidency as we know it will cease to exist if there is no immunity from criminal prosecution," Trump's lawyers emphasized, reiterating arguments that have thus far been unsuccessful in federal courts.

Awaiting a decision from the nation's highest court, the filing has put on hold what could potentially be a groundbreaking criminal trial involving a former president. The deadline was met to request the justices' intervention, as mandated by the federal appeals court in Washington. The court had recently dismissed Trump's immunity claims and allowed the trial to move forward. 

The outcome of the Supreme Court's decision and the speed at which it takes action may have a significant impact on whether the Republican presidential primary frontrunner will face trial before the November election. There is currently no set timeline for the court's decision, although special counsel Jack Smith's team has been advocating for the trial to occur within this year. Meanwhile, Trump has made multiple attempts to postpone the case.

If Trump were to emerge victorious over President Biden, there is a possibility that he might attempt to leverage his role as the leader of the executive branch to instruct a new attorney general to dismiss the federal cases he is entangled in or perhaps even pursue a pardon for himself. The Supreme Court has the option to reject the emergency appeal, allowing US District Judge Tanya Chutkan to resume the trial proceedings in Washington's federal court. 

The trial was set to commence in early March. Furthermore, the court has the option to prolong the delay as it considers the arguments regarding the immunity issue. Given the circumstances, the timeline set by the justices will play a crucial role in determining the potential start date of the trial, assuming they concur with the lower court decisions that Trump is not exempt from prosecution.


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