Trump Legal Team Requests Pause in Proceedings

Former President Donald Trump’s legal team filed a motion on Tuesday, urging U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan to pause proceedings in the Jan. 6 case against Trump while his appeal is pending. This comes after Chutkan rejected arguments by Trump’s lawyers earlier this month that he was immune from federal prosecution.

Trump is facing charges for allegedly working to overturn the results of the 2020 election, which he lost to Democrat Joe Biden, before a violent riot broke out at the U.S. Capitol. Trump has continuously denied any wrongdoing.

In her ruling, Chutkan firmly stated that the former president is not above the law. She wrote, “Former Presidents enjoy no special conditions on their federal criminal liability. Defendant may be subject to federal investigation, indictment, prosecution, conviction, and punishment for any criminal acts undertaken while in office.”

Special Counsel Jack Smith has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review Trump’s appeal in an expedited manner to prevent any delays that could push back the trial, set to begin on March 4. The justices have indicated that they will make a quick decision on whether to hear the case, ordering Trump’s lawyers to respond by December 20. It is not yet clear what the court will ultimately decide to do.

Trump’s legal team has criticized Smith’s actions, accusing him of trying to go around the appeals court. In a statement, Trump’s presidential campaign said, “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 court’s next scheduled meeting is on January 5, but it is possible that the justices may convene sooner to take up Smith’s request. If the Supreme Court agrees to hear the case, it could significantly impact the timeline of Trump’s trial.

The former president’s lawyers argue that a pause in the proceedings is necessary due to the unique circumstances of the case. They also state that moving forward with the trial would cause irreparable harm to Trump’s reputation and constitutional rights.

This legal battle is just one of the many challenges Trump has faced since leaving office. In the past year, he has faced numerous lawsuits and investigations, including a criminal probe led by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

As the legal drama surrounding the former president continues, the American public awaits to see how the court will handle this unprecedented situation.