Judge Halts Trump’s January 6th Case

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(TargetLiberty.org) – The federal judge overseeing Donald Trump’s federal election interference case in Washington, D.C., has temporarily paused all proceedings while awaiting the outcome of the appeal from the former President’s legal team connected to their petition relating to presidential immunity. Trump faces four counts in this case, including conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government. He has pleaded not guilty to all four counts and has maintained that he committed no wrongdoings during his time in office, and the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack. Judge Tanya Chutkan, asserted she lacked jurisdiction over the case during Trump’s appeal.

Chutkan emphasized that a former president’s absolute immunity, if recognized by the appeal court, would protect the former President from the upcoming trial. All pending deadlines and court dates are paused until the appeals court decision. If Trump’s immunity claim is rejected, then the trial proceedings under Chutkan will resume as normal. 

Trump’s legal team filed the appeal in this case following Chutkan’s earlier rejection of his attempt to have this case dismissed claiming that his former status as President gave him immunity. The Justice Department’s Special Counsel, Jack Smith has been pushing to expedite the hearings through reaching out to the Supreme Court. However, Trump’s legal team has been fighting back against having the case expedited, pointing out the importance of this decision. 

Chutkan pointed out that during this pause she continued to have the authority to enforce previous rulings, including a gag order that blocked Trump from making comments about potential prosecutors and witnesses. Trump faces several criminal cases, including 91 felony charges. At the same time, he is the frontrunner in the Republican primary presidential race, as he tries to win back the White House in 2024.

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