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Special counsel asks Supreme Court to weigh in on Trump immunity in federal Jan. 6 case

Special Counsel Jack Smith on Monday asked the Supreme Court to immediately take up former President Trump's 2020 federal election criminal case, asking the justices to consider Trump's defense of immunity.

President Trump is seeking to throw out the lawsuit, claiming he has presidential immunity from four indictments accusing him of engaging in multiple criminal conspiracies to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

Mr. Trump last week appealed the judge's rejection of the argument to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

But Smith on Monday asked the nation's highest court to take up the issue before the D.C. Circuit rules, citing Trump's impending March 4 trial date.

“It is extremely important that the defendant's immunity claim be resolved by this court and that the trial proceed as expeditiously as possible if the defendant's immunity claim is denied,” Smith said in the filing. Stated.

Mr Smith also asked the Supreme Court to expedite its consideration of whether to take up the issue. If they agree to a hearing, Mr Smith also asked the judge to expedite their consideration of the case.

“This case raises a fundamental question at the foundation of our democracy: Will former presidents have complete immunity from federal prosecution for crimes committed while in office, or will criminal proceedings be initiated?” “The question is whether there is constitutional protection from federal prosecution if a person has been previously impeached but not convicted,” Smith wrote in the filing.

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