Trump Declares War On His Judge

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – On Thursday, former President Donald Trump’s legal team filed a motion for an “automatic stay” on court proceedings relating to an election interference federal case, until a decision on their appeal on the recent ruling of Judge Tanya Chutkan is made.

In August, Trump was indicted by the Department of Justice on four counts, following the investigation of Special Counsel Jack Smith into Trump’s attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack. Trump has maintained his innocence and has pleaded not guilty to all charges, which include conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding.

During the Capitol attack, supporters of the former President stormed the U.S. Capitol while Congress was in the process of certifying the presidential election results, and the victory of Joe Biden. The riot was the result of Trump’s repeated unfounded assertions that the presidential election had been stolen by widespread voter fraud.

Chutkan, who is presiding over the election interference case, ruled previously that Trump does not have presidential immunity that stops him from being able to be prosecuted. However, this ruling was appealed by Trump’s lawyers. On Thursday they also requested that until they had a ruling on the appeal all district court proceedings in this case needed to be stayed.

The motion further notes that unless there is another ruling by Chutkan stating otherwise, the team would be ignoring any upcoming deadlines relating to evidence, pretrial motions, jury selection, and CIPA hearings.

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