On Friday, the United States Supreme Court informed special counsel Jack Smith unequivocally that his proposal to bypass the customary appeals process and proceed directly to a SCOTUS decision concerning inquiries into former President Donald Trump’s presidential immunity would not be accepted.
“The petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment is denied,” the court stated in response to Smith’s request succinctly and without further elaboration.
NBC News reports that this signifies the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will proceed with its originally planned oral arguments on January 9.
Unsurprisingly, the former president immediately took to social media to proclaim his (albeit momentary) triumph.
Trump wrote on Truth Social on Friday evening, “The Supreme Court has unanimously rejected Deranged Jack Smith’s desperate attempt to short circuit our Great Constitution.”
“Crooked Joe Biden and his henchmen waited three years to bring this sham case, and now they have tried and failed to rush this Witch Hunt through the courts. Of course I am entitled to Presidential Immunity. I was President, it was my right and duty to investigate, and speak on, the rigged and stolen 2020 Presidential Election.
“Looking forward to the very important arguments on Presidential Immunity in front of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals,” he added. “Make America Great Again!”
Should Trump prevail in his appeal, Smith’s case against him would be dismissed; however, it is probable that he would pursue an appeal to the Supreme Court at that juncture. Probably, if Trump does not prevail, he would file his own appeal.
Furthermore, NBC reported that the former president could potentially file an appeal on additional grounds should the case presently before U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan not go in his favor.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
However, Friday’s Supreme Court decision means that Smith’s preferred schedule for the current case, according to which it would go to trial in March — the heat of the Republican primary season — is not in jeopardy, according to The Daily Wire.
The D.C. Circuit’s plan to hear the appeal, however, is “particularly speedy,” according to The Hill, and SCOTUS could expedite an appeal of its decision when it comes out, should it desire to do so. CONTINUE READING…