Trump Indictment: SCOTUS Could End Trial Before It Begins
Two of former President Donald Trump’s cases may end before trials even begin, according to CNN senior legal analyst Elie Honig.
Special Counsel Jack Smith indicted Trump over his alleged involvement in the January 6 Capitol protest. Trump’s legal team is arguing before a D.C. Appeals Court that the case against the former president be dismissed on the grounds that Trump had presidential immunity during the time he committed the alleged crime.
Smith on Monday filed an urgent request with the Supreme Court, asking for an expedited ruling on whether Trump’s actions on Jan. 6, 2020, are protected under presidential immunity.
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Honig, while speaking on CNN, revealed that two of Trump’s cases could be over if the Supreme Court rules in the former president’s favor. Honig argued that Smith’s January 6 and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ cases against Trump could be “out the window” if the Supreme Court’s ruling favors Trump.
“If Donald Trump is to win here, obviously Jack Smith’s federal election interference case is out the window,” Honig said during a Monday segment of “The Lead with Jake Tapper.” “I also think Fani Willis’ case is doomed. Yes, that is a state-level case, but the principles of immunity would apply whether it’s a federal or state-level prosecution. Again, that’s if Trump wins.”
Honig, however, added that the Supreme Court ruling will not affect Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s case against Trump. He also added that Jack Smith’s case classified case against Trump will not be affected but the Supreme Court’s ruling because they were actions the former president took while he was out of office.
“This will have no impact on the hush money case because that conduct happened almost entirely before he was president. And it definitely will not impact the federal Mar-a-Lago classified document case because that conduct was entirely after Donald Trump was president.”
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Trump pleaded not guilty to all the charges in all of his four indictments and has claimed that they were politically motivated.