More congressional Republicans call for Supreme Court to overrule Trump's guilty verdict

By 
 June 17, 2024

More Republican members of Congress are calling for the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse former President Donald Trump's guilty conviction in the so-called hush-money case. 

The latest congressional Republican to do so, according to Axios, is U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL).

Donalds made the call during a recent interview on NBC's Meet the Press. 

For those less familiar with Donalds, he has really been rising in popularity among Trump supporters recently, and there has been significant talk about the possibility of him being chosen to be Trump's running mate in the 2024 election.

Donalds says the Supreme Court should "step in"

During his NBC interview, Donalds was asked about the possibility of the Supreme Court overturning Trump's guilty verdict, and, in response, he made it clear that it should.

"The only ability for this to be overturned is going to be happening two or three years from now. We all know this. That’s why what happened in lower Manhattan was to interfere with an election, which is why Speaker Johnson, myself included, and many Americans believe the Supreme Court should step in to this matter," Donalds said.

The problem, as legal experts have pointed out, is that the Supreme Court cannot just unilaterally "step in" and strike down the verdict. The legal system requires Trump to, first, exhaust all appellate possibilities in New York before turning to the Supreme Court.

Some experts, though, such as renowned defense attorney Allan Dershowitz, have suggested that Trump and his lawyers might be able to fast-track this process so that the case gets to the Supreme Court sooner than the two to three-year timeline mentioned by Donalds.

It does appear that Trump's legal team is trying to move things along.

Background

As Donalds mentioned, many congressional Republicans have come to Trump's defense following the guilty verdict, including House Speaker Mike Johnson.

Johnson, in fact, was one of the first to call for the Supreme Court to step in.

"I do believe the Supreme Court should step in, obviously, this is totally unprecedented, and it’s dangerous to our system," he said.

He added, "We’ve all discussed this before, and y’all talk about it all the time — this is diminishing the American people’s faith in our system of justice itself."

Right now, the big thing everyone is waiting on is Trump's sentencing. It is currently scheduled for July, just four days ahead of the Republican National Convention at which Trump is expected to be named the Republican Party's presidential nominee.

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