former PresidenttrumpAn appeal was filed today in the Supreme Court to block an earlier decision by a federal appeals court that rejected his claim for immunity from prosecution for alleged crimes while he was president.
Agence France-Presse reported that the appeal asking the Supreme Court to suspend implementation of a previous federal appeals court decision will be key in determining whether Trump can be prosecuted for trying to overturn the 2020 election Trump lost to the current President in that election.biden,
Presidential election day will take place nine months later. Far-right former President Trump may contest elections on behalf of the Republican Party and contest against Biden for the second time. Trump’s appeal is tantamount to entrusting his fate to the Supreme Court.
Trump is the first major presidential candidate in American history to campaign under the shadow of multiple criminal and legal investigations and trials.
He faces 91 charges in four criminal cases related to his departurewhite HouseHe took top secret documents from the White House, used hush money to suppress allegations of extramarital sex and led a multi-pronged effort to overturn Biden’s 2020 victory.
The federal appeals court, which is just below the Supreme Court, ruled earlier this month that Trump does not have immunity from prosecution.
A federal appeals court judge said Trump’s claim to immunity from criminal liability for actions taken while in the White House is “not supported by precedent, history, or the text and structure of the Constitution.”
Trump has said that the president should have complete legal immunity to carry out his duties without “fear” of retribution.
However, the federal appeals court said that placing the judiciary “out of reach” of the judiciary and legislative bodies by granting immunity to the President would “undermine our system of separation of powers.”
The appeals court put the decision on hold until today to give Trump the chance to appeal to the US Supreme Court.
The nine Supreme Court justices must now decide whether to accept the case or possibly reject it, with the lower court’s decision automatically taking effect.
Trump’s trial for attempting to rig the 2020 election was originally scheduled to begin on March 4, but was delayed due to appeals.
With the presidential election approaching, the timing of the Supreme Court’s response will further impact the trial schedule.