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Special counsel Jack Smith has requested the Supreme Court to immediately review former President Trump’s federal 2020 election criminal case. This move comes as Trump seeks to dismiss the case based on presidential immunity.

Trump’s defense centers around his claim of presidential immunity against a four-count indictment that accuses him of conspiring to subvert the 2020 election results. Following a judge’s dismissal of this argument, Trump appealed to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals last week. However, citing the urgency due to Trump’s trial set for March 4, Smith has asked the Supreme Court to address the issue before the DC Circuit makes its ruling.

Smith wrote, “It is of imperative public importance that respondent’s claims of immunity be resolved by this Court.” He also argued there was a need for a prompt trial.

Smith also asked the Supreme Court to fast-track its decision on whether to take up the issue, and if they do, to expedite their review of the case. He highlighted the case’s significance, stating, “This case presents a fundamental question at the heart of our democracy: whether a former President is absolutely immune from federal prosecution for crimes committed while in office.”


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