Special Counsel’s Motive For Speedy Review Of Trump Case

Jack Smith, the special counsel appointed to oversee the federal prosecutions of Donald Trump, revealed his real motive for wanting the Supreme Court to quickly review whether the former president is immune from those charges.

On Monday, Smith formally petitioned the high court to take up the issue quickly, which would circumvent the typical “chain of command” in the judicial system, which would see the issue headed to the D.C. Court of Appeals next.

His reasoning: An appeal that Trump filed would delay the trial.
“It is of paramount public importance that respondent’s claims of immunity be resolved as expeditiously as possible — and, if respondent is not immune, that he receive a fair and speedy trial on these charges,” prosecutors wrote in Monday’s filing.

Trump’s legal team has been attempting to dismiss the charges levied against him in the case — in part, that he worked to obstruct the 2020 presidential election — arguing that he is immune because the incidents in question took place while he was in the White House.
In addition, they say the prosecution is a case of double jeopardy since Trump was acquitted in a Senate trial in 2021 for those same incidents.

The district judge in the case, Tanya Chutkan, sided with Smith and the prosecution, though, ruling that Trump doesn’t have immunity in the case. Trump’s lawyers appealed that ruling, meaning it should head to the D.C. Court of Appeals for review.

Prosecutors have continually claimed that it’s in the public’s interest for the trial to be decided quickly, and they’re worried that if the Supreme Court doesn’t intervene in this case, the trial could be delayed indefinitely.

The trial date is currently set for March 4, and Smith’s team is worried that date could get pushed back significantly if Trump’s appeals are allowed to follow the normal process in court.

It’s fairly clear to most political pundits that Smith wants this case to proceed while Trump is in the middle of a presidential election, hoping that possible negative publicity from it could cause voters to choose President Joe Biden over Trump.

The election obstruction case is just one of four indictments Trump is facing — two on the federal level, and one each at the state level in New York and Georgia.