Trump’s Jan 6th Case Gets Put On Old

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( – In a recent development concerning the legal proceedings against former President Donald Trump, a significant pause has occurred. The case, which revolves around allegations that Trump sought to undermine the 2020 election results, is now temporarily on hold. This pause is due to the involvement of the Supreme Court, which is yet to decide its role in the matter.

The situation began to unfold when Special Counsel Jack Smith, overseeing the investigation, approached the Supreme Court on Monday. He sought a definitive ruling on whether Trump could face prosecution for his alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 election results. Initially, a federal judge had permitted the case to proceed. However, Trump, planning to challenge the decision, aimed to appeal to the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. In a strategic move, Smith proposed that the Supreme Court directly handle the case, hoping to speed up the legal process.

By Monday evening, the Supreme Court had responded. They requested Trump’s legal team to provide their input on Smith’s motion by Wednesday, December 20. This was a slightly extended timeline compared to Smith’s original timeline.

Following this, Trump’s lawyers swiftly acted. On Tuesday, they filed a motion with Judge Tanya Chutkan, requesting a halt to the ongoing proceedings in the January 6th case during the appeal. Judge Chutkan, in her response on Wednesday, aligned with this request. She acknowledged that Trump’s appeal inherently suspends further actions that might push the case towards trial or add more legal burdens on Trump. She also noted that she would respect the decisions of the court handling Trump’s immunity appeal if they chose to temporarily take over the enforcement of related measures.

As a result of these events, the trial, initially set for March 4, might face delays. Judge Chutkan has indicated her willingness to revisit the trial date after the appeals process concludes.

Back in August, Trump had pleaded not guilty to four federal charges. These charges were a part of Jack Smith’s investigation into the 2020 election interference and the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot. They include conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to discuss such matters next on January 5. Their brief order, however, does not reveal their eventual stance on this case.

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