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.

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.

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.

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.

“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.