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January 1, Supreme Court Gift: Trump’s Trial Delayed, Election Interference Allegations Linger

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Even Jeffrey Toobin, a legal expert who is far from being a Republican, concurs that the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the ex-president’s argument that presidential immunity shields him from criminal prosecution is a “gift”. This is irrespective of whether the court eventually sides with him or not.

Toobin explains that this is a “gift” because the timeline almost certainly guarantees that there won’t be a trial before Election Day.

In August last year, special counsel Jack Smith indicted Trump on four charges related to election interference. Smith had intended to start the trial in January. However, U. S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan felt that this timeline did not provide Trump with enough time to prepare his defense. As a result, she set the trial date for March 4, a day before Super Tuesday.

However, the trial was thrown off course in December when Trump challenged Chutkan’s ruling that presidential immunity did not protect him in this case. This appeal immediately put a stop to court proceedings, which have remained on hold for over two months now.

Smith has consistently urged the courts to speed up rulings on the issue, emphasizing the “public interest” and “national interest” in the case. Smith’s intention is to have a trial conclusion before Election Day, and he is concerned that any delay, regardless of whether Trump’s constitutional rights are respected, increases the chance that there will be no jury decision before Nov. 5.

It’s evident that the Supreme Court does not share Smith’s sense of urgency.

The Supreme Court not only scheduled oral arguments for the week of April 22, two months from now, but also instructed the D. C. Circuit Court to maintain its ruling until they issue their own, which will likely not be until the end of June.

With court proceedings on hold until the Supreme Court makes its decision, Trump’s trial will be postponed until late summer at the earliest. This poses a significant problem for Smith due to DOJ policies prohibiting election interference.

Harvard Law School professor Jack Goldsmith, despite not being a Trump supporter, believes that Smith’s haste, clearly with the election in mind, already “appears to violate” the DOJ’s Justice Manual.

Goldsmith explains, “If this were any other defendant than Donald Trump, the rush to trial—which cannot possibly give the Trump legal team adequate time to prepare its defense—would be deemed wildly unfair. Prosecutors and judges typically give defendants significantly more temporal leeway in trials of lesser magnitude with less severe charges.”

Liberals are fuming because they believe Trump is guilty, regardless of the presumption of innocence, and they view any further delay in court proceedings as a delay of justice. In short, they believe the ends justify the means.

However, Goldsmith strongly disagrees with this approach. He believes it is “uniquely harmful” to American democracy.

“The Biden Justice Department rushing to put away Biden’s political opponent is uniquely harmful,” he wrote this month. “The damage to our institutions from this outcome — to belief in the legitimacy of the presidential electoral process, and to the integrity of the Justice Department and the possibility of apolitical justice — is unknowable, but it is very likely to be serious and with us for a long time.”

Why It Matters (op-ed)

The Supreme Court’s decision to hear ex-President Trump’s argument on presidential immunity is a victory for due process. Liberals are fuming, but their haste to convict Trump without a fair trial is “uniquely harmful” to American democracy, as Harvard Law School professor Jack Goldsmith points out.

It’s essential to uphold the principles of justice and not let political motivations cloud our judgment. The Supreme Court’s timeline ensures that there won’t be a trial before Election Day, preventing possible election interference. Despite the frustration from the left, it’s crucial to remember that everyone, even Trump, deserves a fair trial in the interest of preserving our democracy.

As our loyal readers, we encourage you to share your thoughts and opinions on this issue. Let your voice be heard and join the discussion below.

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8 Comments

  1. THOMAS

    March 2, 2024 at 7:33 am

    Donald J Trump is NOT GUILTY no matter what type of LIES the Communistic Democrat Criminals come up with ! .. All these Witch Hunts are attempts to drain Trumps bank accounts and put him out of the 2024 Election process using the LIES that Biden’s Criminal DOJ can manufacture ! .. I think that Donald Trump should file sute and take the LYING DOJ plus all the LYING DAs and LYING Prosecutors to court for Millions of Dollars !

  2. Loretta

    March 2, 2024 at 7:50 am

    All charges against Trump are a witch hunt!! Biden should be on trial, he’s the most corrupt person this country has ever had in the whitehouse! Stolen election!!!!

  3. Jennifer Head

    March 2, 2024 at 7:51 am

    I am commenting on the rush to have a trial without considering the lack of time for defendant’s lawyers to prepare a proper defense. Anyone who truly loves this country and the freedoms as well as the responsibilities we each have will want any seemingly unfair pressures to be measured by the constitution of this great nation — and all it has meant over the years that makes this country so desirable as a place many in the world want to live even if it means traveling via troubles and harsh realities to get here. They are coming in droves and it is every elected offical’s as well as every citizen’s responsibility to do everything in our power to protect and embrace our Constitution — and the laws that are the quide for keeping this country great with the FREEDOMS we all enjoy.

  4. Ephraim Ponce

    March 2, 2024 at 8:04 am

    And, as the sole basis for this, and other, legal actions is to keep Trump from running, it is the most blatant political witch hunt in US history. No one really believes that Trump did anything serious, but the feeling that if Trump runs he wins, makes the left-wing (NOT LIBERAL. THERE ARE NO LIBERALS. LIBERALS DO NOT BELIEVE IN DESTROYING CIVIL RIGHTS) desperate to make the decision for the voters, as they know that Bidet could not possibly win a fair election. Your article would have more credibility if you stopped using the time-warn right-wing slur of liberal, when liberal has nothing to do with what is going on in the US. It shows ignorance to keep saying ‘liberal,’ when even the most cursory examination of the word proves that the left-wing is the antithesis of anything liberal.

  5. L Stewart

    March 2, 2024 at 8:12 am

    Underlying all this manoeuvering is the shocking fact that the Democrats’desperate attempts to block Trump’s return to power by any means,fair or foul, is becoming blatantly obvious.

  6. Donald R Cook

    March 2, 2024 at 8:28 am

    DEMOCRACY: the right for a choice. The Democrats don’t want the People to have a choice. Democrats have been blaming the Republicans of this for years. They think that if they tell the lies, long enough that we will believe it. Here in Virginia, we have two of the worst LIARS of all times telling the lie. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are the worst, they are the leading cause of ruining Democracy. I wish they would both have a fatal accident. Both are career LIARS and Cheats. We true Americans don’t want them in Virginia Politics. The only reason that they are here is because of the Northern Idiots that vote for them, half of which are NOT Legal voters.

  7. Donald R Cook

    March 2, 2024 at 8:30 am

    My above comment will probably not be printed, because it is true and because of Censorship..

  8. Carl

    March 2, 2024 at 9:10 am

    I am not a Trump supporter either. However I am deeply concerned , even as a Democratic voter most of the time, that Biden’s Justice Department seems to swing for hone runs against Trump and anyone affiliated with him, but tends to excuse The President and his son. That seems wildly unfair and an abuse of powers.

    Plague on both their houses.

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