Writer argues that several of Trump's criminal cases are on the verge of collapse

 March 1, 2024

Former President Donald Trump is facing a total of 91 criminal charges spread across four indictments in New York, Georgia, Florida, and Washington, D.C.

Yet as Washington Examiner contributor Eden Villalovas noted in an article published on Thursday, three of those prosecutions could be facing collapse. 

Supreme Court agrees to hear arguments on presidential immunity

Evidence of that emerged this week when the Supreme Court announced that it would hear arguments in Trump's Washington D.C.

While Special Counsel Jack Smith contends that Trump committed multiple crimes following the 2020 election, the former president contends that he was acting within the scope of his duties and thus immune from prosecution.

Villalovas noted that the move means that even if the Supreme Court rules against him, Trump's case is highly unlikely to wrap up before voters go to the polls in November.

Should Trump be sworn into office before the trial has concluded, then he could order his Department of Justice to drop the case.

What's more, some legal experts believe that Trump would have the power to pardon himself, thus precluding any future charges after he leaves office.

Florida case could be delayed as well

A similar phenomenon could play out in Florida, where Smith has indicted Trump over his alleged mishandling of classified documents.

While the case is scheduled to proceed in May, the Examiner has reported that Smith's office and Trump's legal team are involved in a protracted battle over access to classified evidence, something which could push back the start date.

CNN contributor Joan Biskupic acknowledged in an article put out this week that "[t]he former president’s strategy of trying to delay the four criminal trials against him is well-documented." She went on to allege that "the Supreme Court has become an ally of sorts" in this endeavor.

Meanwhile, attention in the George case has shifted from Trump and his co-defendants to allegations that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis lied under oath about her relationship with attorney Nathan Wade.

Cell phone records contradict sworn claims by Willis and Wade

Last week saw Trump's legal team produce cell phone records suggesting that Wade was a regular late-night visitor at Willis' home well before the two claim to have started dating.

All of this led SiriusXM radio host Megyn Kelly to suggest that Trump "may well have pulled the inside straight he needed to beat these cases," adding that the situation is "incredible."

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