The former president of the United States,, Donald Trump (2017–2021),, appealed this Monday to the Supreme Court a lower court decision that determined that the former president does not enjoy presidential immunity and should be prosecuted for attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 elections, which prompted the attack on the Capitol.
Trump has until Monday to challenge the decision of the Court of Appeals forr the District of Columbia, which on February 6 argued that, by leaving the White House, he became another “citizen,” so he was no longer protected by the immunity he had acquired. in the office.
Now the case is in the hands of the Supreme Court, whose decisions could determine whether the former president goes to trial in Washington before the November election.
In the text of the appeal, his lawyers asked the Supreme Court justices to take their time to examine the question of Trump’s immunity.
“The assertion (…) that leaders have absolute immunity from criminal prosecution for their official acts presents a novel, complex,, and important issue that deserves careful consideration on appeal, the request said.
The Republican legal team tried to delay any judicial process against himsince Trump’s last victory in the polls of the current president, Joe Biden, putut him as the head of the executive and gave him the authority to order his attorney general to dismiss the federal federal charges him.
Trump’s strategy is already working and has ensured that the judicial process against him for election interference, led by Judge Tanya Chutkan of the District of Columbia, has remained paralyzed since December.
Although the start of that trial was initially scheduled for March 4, the date was suspended without setting a new one.
In the face of Trump’s efforts, the special prosecutor handling the case, Jack SmithEverything possible is being done to make the test happen this year.
Supreme Court Options
Supreme Court justices, where conservatives have a majority, already rejected in December a request from Smith to intervene in the lawsuit because of presidential immunity.
Now, faced with Trump’s request, the judges have several options: directly refuse to consider the case, temporarily paralyze the judicial process against Trump while they debate the issue of presidential immunity, and also conduct a hearing to hear the arguments of the parties. .
There is no deadline for the Supreme Court justices to make a decision, although they will likely ask Smith’s team for their opinion before doing so. Of the nine Supreme Court justices, three were appointed by Trump.
Other pending trials
The one in Washington is one of four criminal charges Trump is facing. If the trial in Washington is delayed, the first to be held is the one he will face in New York for alleged irregular payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels, which is currently scheduled for March 25.
In addition, the trial in Florida is scheduled for May 20, where Trump is accused of illegally storing classified material at his Mar-a-Lago mansion.
Finally, there is a case in which the Fulton County Prosecutor’s Office (Georgia) accused Trump of trying to break the results of the 2020 election in that state. A date has not yet been set for that trial