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Supreme Court to weigh Trump's immunity claim in D.C. 2020 election trial

Justices set oral argument for the week of April 22 on whether Donald Trump can be criminally prosecuted for acts he took while president

The Supreme Court will review Donald Trump's unprecedented claim that he is shielded from prosecution for actions taken while in office, further delaying the former president's federal trial in the nation's capital on charges of conspiring to overturn his 2020 election loss to remain in power.

The justices set arguments for the week of April 22 to consider a unanimous ruling from a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which early this month rejected Trump's sweeping assertion of immunity from prosecution.

Trump's pretrial proceedings in D.C. will remain on hold until a ruling is issued, putting the Supreme Court in the politically fraught position of influencing the timing of an election obstruction trial for the leading Republican presidential candidate. The high court could rule at any time after argument and almost certainly will do so before its term ends in late June or early July, potentially pushing any D.C. trial well into the presidential election season.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2024/02/28/trump-supreme-court-immunity-claim-dc-trial/

 

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