On Monday afternoon, the U.S. Supreme Court justices responded to Special Counsel Jack Smith’s request for a prompt ruling on Trump’s claims of immunity.
On Monday, Jack Smith requested the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on Trump’s claims of immunity.
In September, Trump faced four charges in Jack Smith’s January 6 case in DC: Conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights.
Jack Smith is pushing to keep the trial date on March 4 (one day before Super Tuesday) for his January 6 case against Trump in DC.
Trump’s lawyers asserted that he is immune from federal prosecution for alleged ‘crimes’ committed during his tenure as U.S. President.
Jack Smith bypassed the appellate court and directly approached the U.S. Supreme Court regarding Trump’s immunity claims.
“This case presents a fundamental question at the heart of our democracy: whether a former President is absolutely immune from federal prosecution for crimes committed while in office,” Smith wrote in the Monday filing.
According to constitutional expert Jonathan Turley, “The only reason for this petition is to seek to guarantee a trial of Trump (and possible conviction) before the election.”
In a brief order, the Supreme Court indicated that it would approve Jack Smith’s request for an expedited review.
“The court’s brief order did not signal what it ultimately would do.” – as reported by the AP.
The Supreme Court directed Trump’s legal team to provide a response by December 20.
As per the AP, the Supreme Court is set to meet next on January 5, 2024.
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