Trump requests Supreme Court to Postpone 2020 Election Subversion Case Hearing

Washington, Dec 21, 2023 — Former US President Donald Trump is urging the US Supreme Court to reject a request by Special Counsel Jack Smith for an expedited decision on his claim to presidential immunity in the 2020 election subversion case, according to a court filing by Trump’s attorneys.

Last week, Special Counsel Jack Smith asked the Supreme Court to rule on whether Trump is immune from criminal prosecution on charges of plotting to overthrow the 2020 election. Smith argued that it is of imperative public importance that Trump’s claims of immunity be resolved promptly for the trial to proceed expeditiously.

In response, Trump’s legal team filed a challenge to the special counsel’s plea for “extraordinary haste,” asserting that matters of this nature should be decided with caution and deliberation rather than at “breakneck speed.”

Trump’s attorneys also criticized what the special counsel referred to as the “public interest,” contending that Smith is acting out of “partisan interest” by pushing for a swift resolution. They argue that Smith’s efforts are aimed at ensuring Trump faces a months-long criminal trial at the height of a presidential campaign, where Trump is portrayed as the “leading candidate” and the “only serious opponent” of the current administration.

Despite the scheduled trial date of March 4, 2024, legal appeals are posing a threat to the proceedings. Trump’s legal team has been actively seeking to postpone the trial until after the 2024 election, citing potential interference with the electoral process.

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