Judge postpones Donal Trump’s trial for attempting to steal 2020 election indefinitely

Judge postpones Donal Trump’s trial for attempting to steal 2020 election indefinitely

Washington’s judicial process against former President Donald Trump for attempting to alter the results of the 2020 elections has been postponed indefinitely.

Case judge Tanya Chutkan has decided to postpone the trial without setting a new date. This measure has been taken while the higher courts decide on the immunity of the former president.

Postponement of the trial

Trump’s trial was originally scheduled for March 4, but has now disappeared from the calendar of the federal courts in Washington. The official decision to postpone it indefinitely has been confirmed by Judge Chutkan.

This date represented the first occasion on which the former president was to sit in the dock in one of the four criminal cases in which he is charged.

Trump’s lawyers had successfully stalled the proceedings by raising the issue of the former president’s immunity. They argued that Trump enjoyed immunity for acts performed during his presidency. However, Judge Chutkan rejected this motion and stated that being president does not grant impunity to avoid jail time.

Faced with this decision, Trump’s lawyers appealed to the Washington Court of Appeals. Although normally an appeal does not paralyze the processing of a case, in this case it did, since it is being discussed whether the former president can be indicted and tried. Special prosecutor Jack Smith asked the Supreme Court to intervene to buy time, but the justices decided to let the case run its course.

Trump’s strategy and the appeals court decision

At the hearing before the Court of Appeals, which Trump attended voluntarily, his lawyer argued that the president should enjoy immunity from prosecution, even in cases of serious crimes such as ordering political assassinations. However, the Court of Appeals judges did not seem convinced by these arguments and have yet to rule.

Even if the Court of Appeals rejects the appeal, Trump could still appeal to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is expected to accept the case and set a date for the oral hearing. This whole process delays the trial, so the possibility of it starting on March 4 was already unrealistic.

Allegations against Trump and the consequences of the postponement

Court proceedings against Trump are related to his actions to alter the outcome of the 2020 election and prevent the certification of Joe Biden’s victory.

In this case, the former president is charged with conspiracy to defraud the US government, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstructing or attempting to obstruct an official proceeding and conspiracy to violate civil rights.

Postponement of the trial in Washington clears the way for the trial in which Trump is charged with the mercantile misrepresentations in payments to conceal scandals in the 2016 presidential election campaign. This trial is tentatively scheduled before a New York State court for five weeks beginning March 25, 2024.

Conclusions

Indefinite postponement of Donald Trump’s trial for attempting to steal the 2020 election has created uncertainty about the future of this court proceeding. The former president’s lawyers have managed to delay the case by raising the issue of presidential immunity, and the decision of the Washington Court of Appeals is now awaited.

Despite this postponement, Trump continues to face multiple charges and the legal process is expected to continue in the coming months.