Donald Trump asks the Supreme Court to stop denying him criminal immunity

Donald Trump asks the Supreme Court to stop denying him criminal immunity

On February 6, a US federal appeals court overturned Donald Trump's criminal immunity, reopening the way for his trial in Washington on charges of trying to illegally overturn the results of the 2020 election.

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Donald Trump, February 10, 2024, in South Carolina.  (Julia Nickinson/AFP)

Universal appeals. Donald Trump asked the US Supreme Court on Monday, February 12, to suspend an appeal decision denying the former Republican president any criminal immunity. On February 6, a US federal appeals court overturned Donald Trump's criminal immunity, reopening the way for his trial in Washington on charges of trying to illegally overturn the results of the 2020 election.

All procedural proceedings in this criminal case have been suspended due to the appeal, prompting Judge Tanya Chutkan, who will preside over the proceedings, to announce the postponement of the trial, which was initially scheduled for March 4. The appeal decision is scheduled to take effect on Monday, unless it is appealed to the Supreme Court.

Four separate criminal charges

In this appeal, Donald Trump's lawyers are demanding that the appeal decision be overturned. They are also asking the Supreme Court to suspend it, pending whether it agrees to accept this appeal or not. Donald Trump's defense claimed a “absolute immunity” Because of his actions while in the White House.

“We cannot accept that the presidential office will place its former owners above the law forever.”, the three appellate judges wrote in their unanimous decision, affirming what Judge Chutkan announced in the lower court in December. The front-runner in the Republican primary for the November presidential election, targeted by four separate criminal charges, is seeking through multiple appeals to appear in court as soon as possible, if at all after the vote.

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