Trump says Supreme Court 'must decide' whether his conviction stands

 June 4, 2024

Former President Donald Trump said on Truth Social on Sunday that the Supreme Court "must decide" whether his conviction for falsifying business records stands, preferably before his sentencing in July days before the Republican National Convention.

Trump posted,

The “Sentencing” for not having done anything wrong will be, conveniently for the Fascists, 4 days before the Republican National Convention. A Radical Left Soros backed D.A., who ran on a platform of “I will get Trump,” reporting to an “Acting” Local Judge, appointed by the Democrats, who is HIGHLY CONFLICTED, will make a decision which will determine the future of our Nation? The United States Supreme Court MUST DECIDE!

Trump's sentiment was echoed by Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA), who suggested that the conservatives on the court agreed with Trump that he was being treated unfairly by the Manhattan court.

“I do believe the Supreme Court should step in,” Mr. Johnson said in a Fox News interview Friday morning. “Obviously, this is totally unprecedented.” During the interview Johnson drew on his personal relationships with some Supreme Court justices to characterize them as sharing his view that the prosecution of Trump was politically motivated and that the legal system was biased against conservatives, especially Trump.

No one has asked

“So I think they’ll set this straight,” Mr. Johnson said.

The only trouble is, so far no one has asked the Supreme Court to step in, and it is rather unusual for them to do so in a state case that normally doesn't involve federal courts.

Unless Trump files a writ of habeas corpus with the high court asking them to rule on the case, the court has no reasonable way to intervene.

Even so, a writ of habeas corpus is extremely rare before sentencing, so the Trump team may wait and see what his sentence is before taking that approach.

Johnson seemed to understand that the process could take a long time to sort itself out, but time is something Trump doesn't have with an election looming in less than six months and Democrats throwing the term "convicted felon" around like its candy during a Halloween parade.

"No question about it"

“This will be overturned, guys, there’s no question about it," Johnson said. "It’s just going to take some time to do it.”

Meanwhile, Trump supporters--and a lot who didn't particularly support him--are beside themselves with indignation at how the case turned out and want to see justice done sooner rather than later.

Conservative CNN commentator Scott Jennings compared the Trump guilty verdict to the spurious accusations of sexual misconduct that Democrats used to almost keep Justice Brett Kavanaugh from the high court bench.

"Every wing of the party was vibratingly angry about what was being done to Kavanaugh. I feel and sense that the same thing is happening today, which is why I think you're probably going to see this backfire politically on the Democrats, and they're going to regret it," Jennings said.

Certainly, that seems to be what is happening so far. According to his son Eric, Trump has raised $200 million since the verdict, and he's seen at least an initial poll bump from it as well.

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