Supreme Court ruling could dissolve Jack Smith's case against Trump

 December 25, 2023

Earlier this month, the judge overseeing former President Donald Trump's Washington, D.C. criminal case rejected a motion from his lawyers to dismiss the case.

While Trump's defense team appealed that ruling to the circuit could, Smith asked America's highest judicial body to resolve the matter immediately. However, the Supreme Court quickly shot that request down in a move which may dissolve Smith's case.

Former deputy assistant attorney general calls ruling an early Christmas present

According to the Western Journal, that decision was revealed on Friday with a brief statement which read, "The petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment is denied."

As a result, Trump's defense team is scheduled to begin making oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on January 9.

The implications of that did not go unnoticed by John Yoo, a former deputy assistant attorney general who also served as a clerk under Justice Clarence Thomas. Yoo told Fox News that the decision amounted to an early Christmas present for Trump.

"You can't say this is anything but a victory for him and a defeat for the special counsel," Yoo said. "This means, in all likelihood, this criminal trial is going to get pushed back into the summer, won't be able to start until this immunity issue is handled."

Legal expert: Trial may be delayed "into oblivion"

Vox contributor and legal expert Ian Millhiser agreed, writing in an article published on Friday that the Supreme Court provided "a tremendous victory for Trump."

Specifically, Millhiser argued that a delayed start to Trump's trial could prevent the case from ever ending in a verdict.

"If Trump is elected president this November, he will gain command and control over the Justice Department, and can order it to drop the criminal charges against him," Millhiser explained.

The Duke University School of Law graduate thus stressed that "Friday’s Supreme Court order advances Trump’s goal of delaying his trial into oblivion."

Trump "looking forward" to having his appeal heard

For his part, Trump welcomed Friday's ruling in a post on Truth Social, writing, "The Supreme Court has unanimously rejected Deranged Jack Smith’s desperate attempt to short circuit our Great Constitution."

"Crooked Joe Biden and his henchmen waited three years to bring this sham case, and now they have tried and failed to rush this Witch Hunt through the courts," Trump pointed out.

"Of course I am entitled to Presidential Immunity. I was President, it was my right and duty to investigate, and speak on, the rigged and stolen 2020 Presidential Election," Trump insisted.

"Looking forward to the very important arguments on Presidential Immunity in front of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals," the former president declared before adding, "Make America Great Again!"

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