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Moderate victory for Trump – US Supreme Court does not consider Trump's immunity in advance – News

Moderate victory for Trump – US Supreme Court does not consider Trump's immunity in advance – News

  • The US Supreme Court – the highest court in the United States of America – will not address the issue of immunity for former President Donald Trump at this time.
  • The counter-request from Special Prosecutor Jack Smith was denied without explanation.
  • This means that the date scheduled for the beginning of March for Trump’s trial on charges of attempting to rig the election will likely take place at a later date.

Smith had asked the Supreme Court to quickly clarify whether Trump could be prosecuted at the federal level for his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election — or whether he was protected by his immunity as president.

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Short review from SRF-USA correspondent Vivian Manz:

“It is a temporary victory for Donald Trump and his lawyers’ stalling strategy. The Supreme Court denied special counsel Jack Smith's request to rule on Trump's immunity early. The court will likely want to proceed strictly according to due process, especially in this sensitive matter, and avoid any appearance of political bias. That question will now be decided first by the Washington Court of Appeals and will likely end up back at the Supreme Court in a few weeks.

Result of the interim decision: This means that the process is unlikely to begin around January 6, 2021 in March as planned, but rather the process could enter the heated phase of the electoral campaign for the upcoming presidential elections. Most important of all, it is increasingly unlikely that a ruling will be reached before the election scheduled for November 5, 2024. “This means that voters may not know conclusively whether Donald Trump used illegal means.” On approximately January 6, 2021 to try to remain in power after not being re-elected.”

Trump was charged in Washington, D.C., in connection with attempting to rig the election. Trump supporters storm the Capitol building in Washington on January 6, 2021. Congress met there to formally affirm Democrat Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election. Trump previously incited his supporters during a speech. The riots resulted in the deaths of five people.

The private investigator wanted to bypass the appellate court

The 77-year-old is playing time in court proceedings. Trump's lawyers said the Republican could not be legally prosecuted for actions that were part of his duties as president. However, the responsible judge rejected a similar request. Trump has appealed that decision, meaning the matter is now up to the appeals court.


Donald Trump achieved a temporary victory before the US Supreme Court.

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But private attorney Smith chose an unusual route: he wanted to bypass the Court of Appeal and go straight to the Supreme Court, asking for the case to be resolved quickly. “This case concerns issues of exceptional national importance.”

The country's highest court did not respond to this request. This means that the appeal must make its way through the courts, which can take a long time. However, the current rejection by the Supreme Court does not mean that the case will not eventually end up before the nine justices of the US Supreme Court.