April 25 Supreme Court hearing announced on Trump presidential immunity

 March 8, 2024

On April 25, the Supreme Court will consider arguments about the immunity of former President Donald Trump in the election meddling case brought by Special Counsel Jack Smith.

With its announcement last week that it will expedite the appeal, the Supreme Court has indicated that it will examine whether Trump has immunity from prosecution in Smith's case, as Fox News reported.

We should hear the high court's decision before the end of June. Until this issue is resolved, Trump's criminal trial will not proceed.

Trump Team Request

With the statement "If the prosecution of a President is upheld, such prosecutions will recur and become increasingly common, ushering in destructive cycles of recrimination," Trump and his legal team asked the Supreme Court to review the matter of presidential immunity.

"Criminal prosecution, with its greater stigma and more severe penalties, imposes a far greater ‘personal vulnerability’ on the President than any civil penalty," the request states.

"The threat of future criminal prosecution by a politically opposed Administration will overshadow every future President’s official acts — especially the most politically controversial decisions."

The Trump request asserts that the president's "political opponents will seek to influence and control his or her decisions via effective extortion or blackmail with the threat, explicit or implicit, of indictment by a future, hostile Administration, for acts that do not warrant any such prosecution."

Smith's Case

According to Smith, the ex-president was involved in a conspiracy to defraud the US, hinder an official action, both directly and indirectly, and violate rights.

The inquiry into Trump's possible involvement in the January 6th Capitol disturbance and any purported intervention with the 2020 election outcome led to these claims, which were brought forth by Smith.

In August, Trump entered a not-guilty plea to all charges. The lawsuit involving the likely Republican presidential nominee will be heard by the Supreme Court for the second time this term.

The GOP nominee for 2024 who was challenging Colorado's effort to remove him from the 2024 primary ballot won a unanimous decision from the Supreme Court on Monday.

Election Fallout

A number of other states' attempts to delist the probable GOP nominee from their ballots will be affected by the high court's ruling in support of Trump's arguments.

Former public officials who "engaged in insurrection" are barred from running for office again under Article 3 of the 14th Amendment, which the court first examined in terms of its scope and interpretation. More than 30 states have challenged Trump's eligibility to be on the 2024 ballot.

Trump turned his attention to the question of presidential immunity in his Monday reaction to the decision.

Trump's Statement

"A great win for America. Very, very important!" Trump told Fox News Digital in an exclusive interview Monday morning.

"Equally important for our country will be the decision that they will soon make on immunity for a president — without which, the presidency would be relegated to nothing more than a ceremonial position, which is far from what the founders intended," Trump told Fox News Digital.

"No president would be able to properly and effectively function without complete and total immunity."

He added, "Our country would be put at great risk."

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