Liberals Rage As Supreme Court Takes On Trump’s Immunity Claim

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(TheRedWire.com) – On Wednesday, the Supreme Court decided to address whether Donald Trump, the former President, can face criminal charges for his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, marking a pivotal moment that will test the boundaries of presidential immunity.

This decision pauses the criminal trial proceedings related to January 6, initially seen as a setback for Special Counsel Jack Smith but still opens a door for the case to potentially reach a verdict before the 2024 presidential elections.

Trump had appealed to the Supreme Court to delay his trial while postponing a decision on his immunity claims until after he had the chance to appeal in lower courts—a process that could have prolonged the case, possibly aiding his political aspirations.

Contrary to Trump’s wishes, the Supreme Court, prompted by Smith, agreed to examine the immunity claims immediately, although they did not grant Smith’s request to proceed with the trial without their intervention.

The Court has fast-tracked the case, scheduling oral arguments for the week of April 22, with expectations of a decision by June or earlier. Should the Court rule against Trump, it could clear the way for Smith to proceed with the trial, potentially timing it before the November election.

This development adds to the legal challenges Trump faces, including a New York trial on hush money charges set for March 25. The Supreme Court’s review occurs amidst this trial and could influence Trump’s additional legal battles related to election interference and handling of classified documents. Trump has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The Supreme Court, which includes three justices appointed by Trump, will for the first time consider one of the former president’s criminal cases since charges were brought against him.

Trump expressed gratitude on Truth Social for the Court’s decision to hear the case, emphasizing the importance of presidential immunity for the functioning and decision-making of a President, warning against the risks of prosecution and retaliation after leaving office.

This case joins another significant matter before the Supreme Court involving Trump, regarding a Colorado ruling that sought to remove him from the ballot under the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause. Early indications suggest the Court may lean in Trump’s favor.

The Supreme Court’s decision to hear Trump’s appeal challenges the lower courts’ rejection of his claim to absolute presidential immunity from criminal prosecution. This appeal has already postponed Trump’s original trial date, as both the special counsel and Trump’s legal team argue over the timing and merits of the case.

Special Counsel Smith has emphasized the urgency of resolving Trump’s immunity claims to maintain public interest in a swift and fair trial, particularly given the case’s national significance. Trump’s defense, however, has accused prosecutors of aiming to expedite the trial for political reasons, ahead of the upcoming presidential election where Trump is a prominent figure.

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