NEW: Judge in Trump J6 case officially suspends March 4 trial start date

US District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan issued the order on Friday to suspend the trial until an appeals court issues a ruling on presidential immunity.

Katie Daviscourt Seattle WA
On Friday, the judge overseeing former President Donald J. Trump's January 6 conspiracy case has suspended the trial until an appeals court issues a ruling on presidential immunity, according to The Hill.

US District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan issued the order which confirms what she had hinted at prior, namely that she would have to reschedule Trump's trial to account for the time she would have otherwise needed to consider his appeal.

The case, brought by special counsel Jack Smith, has been removed from the court's public docket.

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.

President Joe Biden's Department of Justice has accused Trump of staging the January 6 riot at the US Capitol in 2021, which happened while Trump was still in office.

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