Attorneys representing Donald Trump have sought to halt the ongoing legal proceedings in the January 6 case, filing a motion for a stay while awaiting the appeal’s outcome. Trump, who is contending with allegations of attempting to subvert the 2020 presidential election results, which he disputes, has maintained his innocence throughout the inquiry.
This legal maneuver follows a decision earlier in the month by U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan, who dismissed the defense’s claim of presidential immunity. In her decision, Judge Chutkan stated that the former presidency does not offer immunity from federal prosecution for actions taken while in office. She emphasized that a former president can be investigated and potentially face indictment and penalties for any criminal activities carried out during their tenure.
The latest plea from Trump’s legal counsel was a response to Special Counsel Jack Smith’s request to the U.S. Supreme Court for an expedited review of Trump’s appeal. Smith’s move aims to avoid postponing the trial, which is currently on the docket for March 4. The Supreme Court has requested Trump’s legal team to file a response by December 20, indicating an intention to make a swift decision on the matter.
Trump’s campaign has openly censured Smith’s actions, labeling them as a rush to trial with the sole intent of politically damaging Trump and his considerable supporter base. The campaign has characterized the process as unfounded and pledged to continue challenging what they describe as overreaching tactics.
With the Supreme Court’s next conference slated for January 5, it remains uncertain whether the justices will opt for an earlier meeting to deliberate on Smith’s request. The ongoing legal battle underscores the tense and politically charged atmosphere surrounding the fallout from the January 6 incident.