Key Trump Legal Battle Gets Delayed?

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( – Concerns are mounting among legal experts that the criminal case against former President Donald Trump, which stems from accusations of an unlawful effort to reverse the outcome of the 2020 election, might face significant delays. These delays could potentially extend beyond November, potentially aiding Trump’s ambitions to reclaim the presidency.

Trump is known for employing strategic delays through his legal teams to maneuver situations to his advantage. Presently, an appeals court is deliberating on whether Trump can claim presidential immunity, which has led to a halt in the trial proceedings in Washington until a decision is reached. This situation aligns with Trump’s preference to confront the electorate before standing trial.

The sense of urgency was palpable, with expectations that the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals would promptly issue a ruling after expediting the case. However, weeks have passed since the oral arguments, and no decision has been made, leading to the indefinite postponement of Trump’s trial, which was originally scheduled for early March.

This stalling tactic not only plays into Trump’s hands by potentially allowing him to evade federal charges through self-pardon if re-elected but also causes distress among those opposed to Trump. The delay is seen as a possible advantage for Trump, who is closely contesting President Biden in polls.

Recent polls indicate that a conviction could sway public opinion, with a significant portion of voters, including some Republicans, expressing reluctance to support Trump if he is convicted before the election.

Trump faces multiple charges related to his alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 election results and incite disruption during the congressional certification on January 6th, 2021. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges. One key aspect of his defense is the claim of immunity for actions taken while in office, a point that was contested in court but has yet to be resolved by the appeals panel.

The prolonged silence from the court has led to speculation and frustration among legal commentators, with some calling for expedited action. The ultimate resolution of the immunity issue may reach the Supreme Court, but the timeline remains uncertain, complicating the legal proceedings and casting doubt on the timing of a potential trial and verdict, which could coincide with or follow the upcoming presidential election.

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