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Federal Judge Pauses Trump January 6 Case Amid Appeal

via New York Post
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A federal judge, Tanya S. Chutkan, has decided to pause the January 6 case against former President Trump as he appeals a ruling to dismiss the case.

Trump claims “presidential immunity” for actions related to his office on January 6.

The stay is seen as a win for Trump, with his campaign stating that it derails the rush to judgment strategy. (Trending: Joe Biden Impeachment Formalized As Republicans Unite)

“Judge Chutkan has granted President Trump’s motion to stay proceedings pending the resolution of the appeal on President Trump’s immunity for doing his job as president and protecting our elections from fraud and abuse,” the Trump campaign stated.

“This is a big win for President Trump and our rule of law, as it derails Deranged Jack Smith’s rush to judgment strategy of interfering in the 2024 Presidential Election in support of Joe Biden’s campaign.”

“They waited almost three years to bring this hoax ‘case’ and are now desperately trying, and failing, to rush it because they know President Trump is dominating the election.”

The stay is to “remain in effect while President Trump continues to appeal his assertion of presidential immunity, which should result in the complete dismissal of this witch hunt in its entirety,” the statement reaad.

“Today was a bad day for Jack Smith, and a good day for the rule of law,” former U.S. Ambassador Ken Blackwell said.

The Supreme Court’s decision on a related case could impact Trump’s situation.

The appeals process may delay the trial, and the judge has indicated that the trial could be delayed if jurisdiction is returned to her.

“If jurisdiction is returned to this court, it will — consistent with its duty to ensure both a speedy trial and fairness for all parties — consider at that time whether to retain or continue the dates of any still-future deadlines and proceedings, including the trial scheduled for March 4, 2024,” Chutkan wrote.

The judge had previously argued that Trump does not have immunity as he is out of office.

“Whatever immunities a sitting President may enjoy, the United States has only one Chief Executive at a time, and that position does not confer a lifelong ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ pass, Former Presidents enjoy no special conditions on their federal criminal liability,” she wrote.

Trump’s attorneys claim the prosecution criminalizes political speech.

“The fact that the indictment alleges that the speech at issue was supposedly, according to the prosecution, ‘false’ makes no difference,” Trump’s attorneys wrote.

“Under the First Amendment, each individual American participating in a free marketplace of ideas — not the federal Government — decides for him or herself what is true and false on great disputed social and political questions.”

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