The campaign team for former President Donald Trump has strongly objected to Special Counsel Jack Smith’s move to involve the Supreme Court in deciding Trump’s immunity from federal prosecution. Labeling it a desperate bid to prevent Trump’s potential 2024 presidential run, the campaign condemned Smith’s request for the court to expedite a decision on the matter.
Smith has urged the Supreme Court to swiftly determine whether Trump is protected from prosecution in a case accusing him of attempting to subvert the 2020 election results. This step is seen as crucial to keep the March trial on schedule.
The campaign’s statement on Monday afternoon was charged with accusations, calling Smith “Crooked Joe Biden’s henchman” and claiming his actions are politically motivated attempts to disrupt Trump’s presidential aspirations. Trump’s defense maintains that his actions surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot are covered under presidential immunity.
Charged with four felony counts related to alleged conspiracy and efforts to hinder vote certification on Jan. 6, Trump’s legal team has faced a setback with federal Judge Tanya Chutkan dismissing the immunity argument. Chutkan emphasized that presidential immunity is not a permanent shield from legal accountability.
With Trump appealing Chutkan’s ruling to the D.C. Court of Appeals, Smith is pushing for the Supreme Court to take up the issue sooner, ahead of the impending trial date. He has requested the Supreme Court not only to consider the case but to prioritize its review.
In a robust defense, Trump’s campaign argues that speeding up the trial serves only to harm Trump and his supporters, portraying it as a tactic to weaken Trump’s political standing.
Amidst this legal battle, Trump faces other criminal charges in Florida, New York, and Georgia, including mishandling classified documents, hush money payments, and alleged involvement in a scheme to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia. The upcoming trial marks the first of these four major criminal cases against Trump.