Federal prosecutor asks Supreme Court to urgently rule on Trump’s immunity

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Federal prosecutor asks Supreme Court to urgently rule on Trump’s immunity

By Le Figaro with AFP

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The prosecutor asked to speed up the procedure to determine the immunity of the former president candidate in the 2024 elections, which could normally take several months.

Federal prosecutor Jack Smith, who is investigating the case against Donald Trump for his attempts to reverse the result of the 2020 US election, asked the Supreme Court on Monday, December 11, to rule urgently on the request for immunity of the ex-president.

Judge Tanya Chutkan, who will preside over the debates in the federal trial of Donald Trump scheduled for March 4, 2024, rejected his request for immunity on December 1, finding that no text protected the ex-president against criminal prosecution.

But the appeal by the lawyers of the favorite of the Republican primaries for the 2024 presidential election, filed on December 7, “suspends the procedure» against him, indicates Jack Smith in his request for referral to the Supreme Court.

Gold, ” if the appeal procedure proceeded according to the ordinary rhythm of the Court of Appeal, a final decision might not come for several months“, he emphasizes. “ It is fundamental to the public interest that the accused’s request for immunity be resolved as quickly as possible and, if he is not granted immunity, that he be tried in a fair trial. and fast.», pleads the special prosecutor.

“Exceptional file”

It’s about a ” exceptional demand“, he admits, adding: “This is an exceptional file“. Accordingly, Jack Smith is asking the Supreme Court to take up the matter and schedule a hearing as soon as possible to hear the arguments of both parties.

Donald Trump’s lawyers say he benefits from a ” absolute immunity» for his actions at the White House. They cite a 1981 Supreme Court case law regarding civil suits against former President Richard Nixon.

In her decision, Judge Chutkan notably concluded that this precedent did not apply to criminal proceedings against a former president. In the campaign to regain the White House, Donald Trump attributes his legal troubles to the Democratic administration of President Joe Biden, whom he could find on his road in 2024 for a revenge of the 2020 election.

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