The Supreme Court rejected a request to fast-track arguments on whether Donald Trump has federal prosecution immunity for alleged crimes committed while in office, likely delaying his trial.
This decision is a setback for the special counsel, favoring Trump’s strategy of delaying the case.
The DC Circuit Court of Appeals is set to review the issue, potentially impacting the trial’s timing. (Trending: Judge Announces Historic Ruling In Jeffrey Epstein Case)
Trump’s team argues for caution, emphasizing the political nature of the case.
Despite the rejection, Trump maintains his immunity claim.
The case revolves around whether Trump’s actions are protected under presidential immunity, with both sides emphasizing the urgency of resolving this matter.
“The real question is what happens then,” Steve Vladeck said.
“Assuming the Court of Appeals rejects Trump’s claim, will it keep the trial on hold pending further review from the Supreme Court, or will it allow the trial to go forward and force Trump to seek a stay from the Supreme Court? It’s still possible that the trial begins on March 4, but the Supreme Court’s apparent willingness to let the DC Circuit go first makes it at least somewhat – and perhaps significantly – less likely.”
“The fact that this case arises in the vortex of political dispute warrants caution, not haste,” Trump attorneys wrote.
“I was President, it was my right and duty to investigate, and speak on, the rigged and stolen 2020 Presidential Election,” Trump said.
“Looking forward to the very important arguments on Presidential Immunity in front of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals!” he wrote.
“It is of imperative public importance that respondent’s claims of immunity be resolved by this Court and that respondent’s trial proceed as promptly as possible if his claim of immunity is rejected,” Smith’s team wrote.
“Here, the stakes are at least as high, if not higher: the resolution of the question presented is pivotal to whether the former President himself will stand trial – which is scheduled to begin less than three months in the future,” the special counsel wrote.
“The Supreme Court just DENIED the Biden prosecutor’s emergency request to ROB me of my right to presidential immunity,” Trump said.
“I will still have to fight for my rights in the Appeals Court – as the Biden Special Counsel will do everything in their power to rush my fake trial and wrongly CONVICT me before the 2024 election.”