Supreme Court Deals Jack Smith Huge Defeat In Trump’s Case
Special Counsel Jack Smith suffered a huge defeat in his prosecution of former President Donald Trump after the Supreme Court denied his motion to hear an argument on presidential immunity.
BREAKING: The Supreme Court denied special counsel Jack Smith's request for it to decide on former President Donald Trump's presidential immunity claim before letting the D.C. Circuit weigh in. pic.twitter.com/FCgzmpnHnz
— Katelynn Richardson (@katesrichardson) December 22, 2023
Jack Smith indicted the former president in connection to the January 6 Capitol protest. While Trump has denied any wrongdoing, the former president is arguing that his actions on the day of the protest are protected by presidential immunity.
🚨BIG: SCOTUS rejects Jack Smith’s request for expedited appeal on issue of Presidential immunity in J6 criminal trial
He wanted SCOTUS to adjudicate issue before DC Court of Appeals finished its review so he could adhere to his March 4 trial deadline
That trial date is gone… pic.twitter.com/CkdpA1BDFn
— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) December 22, 2023
Trump’s attorneys filed a motion to dismiss Smith’s case against the former president because Trump was protected under the presidential immunity. District Judge Tanya Chutkan dismissed the motion while adding that the presidency does not confer a lifelong ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ pass. The former president’s legal team appealed Chutkan’s ruling to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Supreme Court just rejected Jack Smith’s attempt to rig an election and bypass normal procedure and the appellate court regarding my father’s challenge to the fake insurrection January 6 indictments!!!!#Trump2024
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 22, 2023
Smith, however, went over the D.C. Appeal Court and filed a motion to the Supreme Court asking the Justices to quickly consider the president’s arguments. Trump’s lawyers, in response to Smith’s motion, urged the Supreme Court to reject the special counsel’s request.
BREAKING: 🚨The US Supreme Court just rejected Jack Smith’s request to bypass the appellate court regarding President Trump’s challenge to his January 6 indictments under the defense of presidential immunity.
This is a major blow to Jack Smith and the Deep State who were hoping… pic.twitter.com/dlu5UdRnto
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) December 22, 2023
“This Court’s ordinary review procedures will allow the D.C. Circuit to address this appeal in the first instance, thus granting this Court the benefit of an appellate court’s prior consideration of these historic topics and performing the traditional winnowing function that this Court has long preferred,” Trump’s lawyers wrote Wednesday. “Further, the Special Counsel’s insistence that this Court decide the immunity question ‘during its current Term,’ reflects the evident desire to schedule President Trump’s potential trial during the summer of 2024— at the height of the election season.”
The Supreme Court on Friday denied Smith’s request, sending the case back to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling deals a major blow to Smith, who has been making every effort to see that the trial begins on March 4.