The trial of former President Trump, which stems from Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into the 2020 election interference, has been indefinitely delayed, according to a report SurgeZirc has seen.
Originally scheduled to begin on March 4, the trial’s new date is yet to be determined. The delay comes as a federal appeals court considers Trump’s claim of presidential immunity from prosecution for his actions while in office.
Washington, D.C., federal Judge Tanya Chutkan formally vacated the March 4 trial date, stating that a new schedule will be set once the mandate is returned. The trial was initially set to take place a day before the critical Super Tuesday primary contests, where several states vote to select a GOP nominee.
The delay allows for further consideration of Trump’s claim of immunity and a potential review by the Supreme Court.
Special Counsel Jack Smith, in December, requested the Supreme Court to rule on whether Trump can be prosecuted for charges related to his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.
Lawyers representing Trump also filed a motion urging Judge Chutkan to pause the proceedings in the Jan. 6 case while the appeal is pending.
Judge Chutkan, acknowledging that she does not have jurisdiction over the matter while it is pending before the Supreme Court, temporarily halted the case against Trump, who is considered the Republican front-runner for the 2024 election.
Smith has charged the former president with multiple offenses, including conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of an attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights.
These charges are a result of Smith’s investigation into whether Trump was involved in the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, and any alleged interference in the 2020 election results.
Trump pleaded not guilty to all charges in August 2023, and the delay in the trial allows for further legal proceedings to unfold. The federal appeals court’s ruling on presidential immunity and the potential involvement of the Supreme Court will have significant implications for the trial’s outcome.
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