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 March 3, 2024

Jack Smith's case against Trump indefinitely delayed after SCOTUS announcement

Former President Donald Trump and his legal team received a massive gift last week from the U.S. Supreme Court, and his political and media opponents are absolutely outraged. 

Last week, the high court announced that it would take up his presidential immunity case, which had instant ramifications for Special Counsel Jack Smith's federal election interference case against him.

The Supreme Court said it would hear the case and rule on it, which immediately put Smith's case on hold.

The decision benefits Trump by not only having a chance at the case completely falling apart if the high court rules in his favor, but at the very least, it will likely delay the trial much further out than Smith anticipated, even past the 2024 general election.

It gets worse for Smith

The Supreme Court, in its announcement regarding the immunity case, said it would expedited the decision, but chose to begin the arguments in April.

The trial was originally set to begin on March 4, which would have caused the president and his lawyers to actively fight on another legal front, draining time and resources away from his presidential campaign.

Because of the April start date for the high court to begin hearing the expedited case, it would likely be June or July before a decision is reached. Trump will have likely already formally cemented his status as the Republican presidential nominee by April.

The New Republic, clearly upset at the situation, wrote:

If the Supreme Court decides quickly to reject Trump’s bold immunity claim, it may permit a final trial on the 2020 election interference to occur later this summer or fall. But there’s no guarantee a final decision will actually come before November.

It added:

Former appeals court Judge Michael Luttig predicted that it is now probably “unimaginable” that Trump will be tried in special counsel Jack Smith’s federal election interference trial before the 2024 election.

For Trump's critics who were hoping and praying that he would be subjected to the trial before the general election, their fantasies were dashed by the high court's announcement. That's one less major legal hurdle that Trump will have to think about while he campaigns for the White House, and much less money spent on legal defense.

Social media reacts

The former president reacted to the high court's announcement on his Truth Social platform.

"The Supreme Court will address the historic question of Presidential Immunity. Without Presidential Immunity, the President cannot function, as his Political Opponents will blackmail and extort him with the threat of wrongful prosecution at every turn. I look forward to presenting my case to the Supreme Court," Trump wrote.

Others on social media predicted that Trump will come out just fine and ultimately be elected to a second term in the White House.

"I want to tell Joe Biden's supporters that Donald Trump will sweep the 2024 elections and will be elected President in 2024. Keep my words in writing," one X user wrote.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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