(Congressional Agenda) – Special counsel Jack Smith is super desperate to fulfill the wishes of his progressive Democrat overlords and attempt to take down former President Donald Trump so that he cannot be the GOP nominee that runs against President Joe Biden in next year’s election. The current strategy he’s employing to accomplish this mission is to run to the Supreme Court and ask them whether Trump can be prosecuted on charges that he plotted to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
According to Fox News, the Supreme Court has indicated it will expedite the consideration of the petition Smith made, who is trying to ensure that the trial will not be postponed until after the presidential election in 2024.
“Trump’s trial in the election interference case is set to begin in March. The Court has asked Trump’s lawyers to respond to the special counsel’s motion by next Wednesday, December 20 – two days later than Smith had requested. The Court’s next scheduled conference day for consideration of such matters is Jan. 5, 2024. The court’s brief order did not signal what it ultimately would do,” Fox stated.
“A federal judge ruled the case could go forward, but Trump said he would ask the federal appeals court in Washington to reverse that outcome. Smith is attempting to bypass the appeals court – the usual next step in the process – and have the Supreme Court take up the matter directly,” the report continued.
“This case presents a fundamental question at the heart of our democracy: whether a former President is absolutely immune from federal prosecution for crimes committed while in office or is constitutionally protected from federal prosecution when he has been impeached but not convicted before the criminal proceedings begin,” prosecutors noted.
The former president’s campaign slammed Smith for attempting to skirt the appeals court.
“There is absolutely no reason to rush this sham to trial except to injure President Trump and tens of millions of his supporters. President Trump will continue to fight for Justice and oppose these authoritarian tactics,” the campaign remarked in a statement.
The next scheduled meeting of the court, which is to be private, will take place on Jan. 5, 2024. It is unclear at the moment if the justices might come together a bit earlier in order to consider the special counsel’s request.
On Dec. 1, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan issued a ruling and shot down arguments being made by Trump’s legal team that declared the former president was immune from federal prosecution. Chutkan asserted that the office of the presidency “does not confer a lifelong ‘get-out-of-jail-free pass.'”
“Former Presidents enjoy no special conditions on their federal criminal liability,” Chutkan continued in the ruling. “Defendant may be subject to federal investigation, indictment, prosecution, conviction, and punishment for any criminal acts undertaken while in office.”
If the justices on the highest court in the land do indeed get involved, it would provide them with an opportunity to rule on whether former occupants of the Oval Office get immunity from prosecution. Current policy at the DOJ prevents the indictment of a sitting president.
“Trump lawyers, meanwhile, have said he cannot be charged for actions that fell within his official duties as president — a claim that prosecutors have vigorously rejected. Smith’s team says there would not be an opportunity to consider and resolve the question in the current term if the court did not expedite the matter,” Fox News disclosed.
“The United States recognizes that this is an extraordinary request. This is an extraordinary case,” prosecutors went on to explain. “The Court should grant certiorari and set a briefing schedule that would permit this case to be argued and resolved as promptly as possible.”
Prosecutors in the case also want the Supreme Court to rule on the claim made by Trump that he cannot be prosecuted for offenses that he’s already been impeached and acquitted for before Congress. Chutkan has rejected such claims.
“If the justices decline to step in at this point, Trump’s appeal would continue at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Smith has asked for quick review there, too but said even a rapid appellate decision might not get to the Supreme Court in time for review and final word before the court’s traditional summer break,” the piece concluded.
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