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Liz Cheney urges Supreme Court to act quickly on Trump immunity

Former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to “quickly” rule on former President Trump’s request for criminal immunity.

Cheney, Post to X, The social media platform formerly known as Twitter says voters should be able to hear evidence from the Justice Department’s lawsuit against Trump regarding his efforts to overturn his 2020 re-election loss before the November election. he claimed.

“Delaying the January 6 trial will suppress important evidence that the American people deserve to hear,” Cheney wrote. “Donald Trump sought to overturn the election and seize his power. Our judicial system must be able to bring him to justice before the next election. should be decided.”

The Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to take up the question of whether President Trump is immune from charges stemming from his efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss. Trump’s lawyers have argued that the former president’s actions leading up to and surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot are protected from criminal prosecution under presidential immunity.

The court’s decision to consider the issue is likely to postpone the start of the trial until after the summer, with the November general election looming.

Cheney served as vice chair of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack and has emerged as one of the Republican Party’s most outspoken critics of the former president.

She held President Trump accountable for inciting the riot on January 6, and ultimately defeated her pro-Trump challenger in the 2022 Wyoming primary, Rep. Harriet Hageman, after three consecutive terms in the House of Representatives. lost his seat.

She has remained a vocal critic of Mr. Trump and some of his allies since leaving the House, and expressed many of those concerns in her recent memoir, “Oath and Honor: Memoirs and Warnings.”

The Hill has reached out to the Trump campaign for comment.

President Trump celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision to hear his immunity case and thanked the high court for its decision. The former president had previously asked the Supreme Court to postpone the trial, and Special Counsel Jack Smith had asked the Supreme Court to deny Trump’s request.

Other Republicans, including Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, also celebrated the decision. Cruz said he hopes the Supreme Court will “stop” what he called the “abuse of power” against President Trump.

“I’m glad the Supreme Court took up this case. What we’ve seen over the past year, targeting from the left and targeting from Donald Trump’s Democratic prosecutors, is a gross abuse of power. I have to say,” Cruz said Wednesday on NewsNation’s “The Elizabeth Vargas Report.”

NewsNation is owned by Nexstar Media Group, which also owns The Hill.

President Trump faces four felonies in a federal lawsuit alleging he engaged in a conspiracy to defraud the United States and was at the center of a movement to block the certification of the January 6 vote.

Supreme Court order is maintained Proceedings have now been paused, dealing a blow to Mr. Smith’s past efforts to keep the case’s deadlines on track.

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