Former US President Donald Trump is petitioning the Supreme Court to halt a lower court ruling that eliminates his presidential immunity from prosecution. Trump’s legal team is seeking a suspension of the recent decision from the lower circuit court that declared he can be prosecuted like any other citizen. The Supreme Court now has the power to decide if the ruling will be put on hold to enable Trump to appeal.
If the Supreme Court agrees to Trump’s request, it could cause a significant delay in the high-profile criminal case before a federal trial is scheduled. In addition to this case, Trump is also facing three other criminal trials in Georgia, Florida, and New York. His lawyers are making repeated efforts to postpone his criminal trials until after the 2024 election, a move that has already been rejected by a three-judge panel in the DC Circuit court. Trump’s immunity argument is at the forefront of the case, with his legal team warning that denying immunity would set a dangerous precedent leading to an increase in similar prosecutions.
The Supreme Court now holds the power to deny Trump’s request, deny his immunity argument, decide on an immediate appeal, or postpone a decision on the case until after the 2024 election. The final decision on Trump’s appeal and immunity could have broad implications and lead to a significant shift in the landscape of legal proceedings for future presidents.