The U.S. Supreme Court late on Friday denied Special Counsel Jack Smith’s motion to expedite the review of the question of whether or not former President Trump is immune from prosecution in the federal case involving interference with the 2020 presidential election.
His federal 2020 election trial may go beyond its currently planned start date of March 4 as a result of the high court’s decision.
Earlier this month, Smith requested that the Supreme Court swiftly decide whether the Republican presidential frontrunner, Trump, is totally immune from prosecution for crimes committed during his presidency.
This assertion has been pivotal to the defense strategy of Trump’s legal team. Following U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan’s rejection of arguments claiming immunity from the indictment, it sought a stay on proceedings. The appeal is currently pending, so the case’s proceedings have come to a halt.