"Former president Donald Trump’s March 4 trial date on charges of plotting to overturn the results of the 2020 election has been dropped from the public calendar of the federal court in Washington, a sign of what has long been anticipated — that his claim of presidential immunity from criminal prosecution would delay his trial while it remains on appeal," the Washington Post reports.
The motion currently on appeal is one brought by Trump's attorneys stating that he has presidential immunity from the charges as he was still in office at the time the alleged offenses occurred. Trump brought the motion to Chutkan, who denied it, and Trump then appealed.
Smith took the motion to the Supreme Court and asked them to rule on it quickly, but the court declined to do so, leaving the matter for the lower court to decide. This process has caused a delay of the trial that Smith wanted to ram through the court system as quickly as possible.
Chutkan had said that trial deadlines would be suspended as the motion brought by Trump moves through the appeals court. President Joe Biden's Department of Justice has accused Trump of staging the J6 riot, which happened while Trump was still in office.
Trump faces a RICO case in Georgia brought by Fulton County DA Fani Willis, who is now facing her own crisis after it was revealed that she hired a man to work on the prosecutorial team with whom she was having an affair. Willis has been subpoenaed by one of the 18-codefendants in the case, Michael Roman.
The case brought by Manhattan DC Alvin Bragg will likely move forward this spring. Trump is accused of having recorded payments made to his attorneys as legal fees in his bookkeeping records, though Bragg claims the funds in question were intended as "hush money" to a porn star with whom Trump allegedly had a dalliance. Bragg has claimed that these misdemeanor charges are actually felonies, though he has not revealed what felony he believes these suspected misdemeanors were in service too. A pretrial hearing is on February 15.
In a Florida federal court, Trump faces charges of hanging onto classified documents after leaving office. That case is tied up as the Biden attorneys sort out how to view the classified documents in question. Trump has said that under the Presidential Records Act he had the right to designate which documents he would retain for personal use.
"Chutkan also has acknowledged that Trump’s March trial was off. On Jan. 24, for example, Chutkan scheduled a new trial for April 2, when Trump’s projected six- to eight-week trial would have been ongoing. On Wednesday, Chutkan set a March 18 hearing for another defendant, saying, 'I suspect in March I will not be in trial,'" the Post reported.
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