Former President Donald Trump's claim of immunity from prosecution in connection with his alleged attempts to overturn his loss in the 2020 election was rejected by a federal appeals court on Tuesday, as Fox News reported.
"America's Newsroom" writer Jonathan Turley stated that the decision establishes a lengthy appeals process that will ultimately get to the Supreme Court.
This process will become more convoluted as the election in 2024 draws closer.
"This is the result some of us predicted. The panel was very skeptical of these arguments," Turley said. "What former President Trump was advancing was a sweeping and unprecedented claim of immunity, and it's not surprising that this panel rejected it.
The commentator went on to point out that "The interesting thing about this opinion is that they cite the impeachment and quote from it as saying that the president sought to incite this effort to overturn the election.
"And that's going to go forward. The most practical impact of this appeal was indeed the delay that it caused.
"The Supreme Court clearly didn't share that urgency. It refused to do that. And so it's not clear that they're going to feel even greater urgency now. The March date is not on the calendar anymore.
"And as we move towards the election date, it gets more controversial to have a trial of this kind within a couple of months of the election. So we'll have to see how the Supreme Court deals with this. The outcome is not surprising for many of us, but what remains the unknown is how this will change the schedule and dynamic of the case.
Despite Trump's assertions that he is owed immunity from prosecution while his presidency, the D.C. Circuit decided that a case against him can move forward.
The court cited the argument that their decision is justified it was "unpersuaded by his argument" and because his purported role in reversing his 2020 election loss was not sufficiently demonstrated.
The judge concluded: "We conclude that the interest in criminal accountability, held by both the public and the Executive Branch, outweighs the potential risks of chilling Presidential action and permitting vexatious litigation."
In order to appeal the verdict to the Supreme Court of the United States, Trump has up to ninety days to do so.
Because of the significant political implications of the trial date, President Trump is hoping that any decision that is ultimately made would be postponed until after the election took place in November.
In the event that this occurs and if Trump is successful in defeating President Biden, it is possible that he may attempt to dismiss the case by utilizing his status as the head of the executive branch or the president.
There is also the possibility that he could ask for a pardon for himself, despite the fact that there is no precedent for such things happening.