Trump seeks pause on proceedings in 2020 election interference case
Former President Donald Trump is urging the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss federal charges alleging his attempts to steal the 2020 presidential election. In a 71-page filing, Trump’s lawyers argue that his post-2020 election actions were within his official responsibilities as president, aiming to shield him from prosecution. The federal grand jury indicted Trump in August over his endeavors to overturn the election, and he was subsequently arrested in Georgia on related charges. Trump contends that the indictment could fuel politically motivated prosecutions and erode public confidence in the judicial system.
Scheduled for March, Trump’s trial, led by special counsel Jack Smith, carries the potential for decades in prison. The Supreme Court recently avoided deciding on Trump’s claim of immunity from criminal charges related to the 2020 election interference, leaving the matter to federal appeals courts. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, rejecting Trump’s bid for case dismissal, emphasized that his service as Commander in Chief doesn’t grant immunity, stating, “Defendant’s four-year service as Commander in Chief did not bestow on him the divine right of kings to evade criminal accountability.” The legal battle is far from over, hinting at a potential return to the Supreme Court.
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