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 March 7, 2024

SCOTUS sets April 25 hearing date for Trump's immunity case appeal

Former President Donald Trump and his legal defense team have scored multiple, much-needed victories over the past several weeks. 

According to the Daily Caller, they also received great news this week from the U.S. Supreme Court in the wake of the announcement that it plans to hear his presidential immunity case, which will have a direct effect on Special Counsel Jack Smith's election interference case against him.

The high court announced this week that it will hear the immunity case on April 25.

The date means that the trial, if it even gets that far, which Smith was hoping for much sooner, will likely be delayed much later into the year, if not after the 2024 election.

What's happening?

As it stands, Smith's case against Trump is currently on hold because of the appeal to the Supreme Court, which agreed to make a final ruling on the matter.

In an order issued last week regarding Trump's immunity case, SCOTUS outlined exactly what it will examine as it relates to the appeal.

"The Special Counsel’s request to treat the stay application as a petition for a writ of certiorari is granted, and that petition is granted limited to the following question: Whether and if so to what extent does a former President enjoy presidential immunity from criminal prosecution for conduct alleged to involve official acts during his tenure in office."

John Malcolm, vice president of the Heritage Foundation’s Institute for Constitutional Government, explained his outlook on the odds of the federal version of the case taking place before the election.

"In light of the Supreme Court taking up the presidential immunity case, I seriously doubt the D.C. federal trial will take place before the election," Malcolm said.

"In addition to the fact that the Supreme Court will have to issue its decision in that case and the Fischer case – both of which will likely occur in late June – and assuming that the Supreme Court rules against former President Trump, there are still several pretrial matters pending before Judge Chutkan that would have to be resolved before a trial could begin.”

Social media reacts

Social media users reacted to the high court's announcement regarding the hearing date.

"Trump is going to make the liberals blow up instead of melting when he wins this one too!" one X user wrote.

Another X user wrote, "Hopefully this pushes out the timeline and delivers a blow to the DOJ’s lawfare."

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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