Trump Asks Supreme Court For Help

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( – Former President Donald Trump’s lawyers filed an emergency appeal with the Supreme Court calling for them to extend the delay in the federal election interference case against him. In the filing, they once again argued that Trump is protected by presidential immunity from being prosecuted for his actions. 

On Monday afternoon, Trump’s legal team made the filing only days after a D.C. appeals court had ruled that the former President did not have immunity from facing the charges brought forward by Special Counsel Jack Smith. This decision led them to request a stay, block, or temporary relief from the appeals court mandate which would allow them to have more time to file an appeal to the Supreme Court detailing the reasons why Trump should be granted immunity from criminal prosecution for any actions taken during his time in the White House. 

The election interference trial is currently on hold, as Trump has been pushing his claims that he should be granted presidential immunity. The Department of Justice also asked for expedited consideration for the emergency appeal that had been filed originally. 

In the request, they pointed out that if the former President continues to be prosecuted, then it would set a precedent that would allow for such prosecution to recur. They noted in the request that criminal prosecution was “a far greater ‘personal vulnerability’ on the President than any civil penalty.”

In the request, it is also pointed out that in the future, all the President’s official acts could be overshadowed by the possibility that an opposing administration could criminally prosecute them. 

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