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Prosecutors in Donald Trump’s Election-Interference Trial Urge Judge to Deny Motion to Freeze Case

Prosecutors in Donald Trump’s election-interference trial are pressing forward with their case against the former president, despite his bid to freeze the proceedings pending an appeal. In a federal indictment filed in August, Trump is facing four charges related to his alleged attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Despite denying any wrongdoing and asserting that he should be immune from prosecution due to the decisions he made while in office, Trump’s legal hurdles continue to mount. The latest development in the legal saga saw U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan rejecting the claim of absolute immunity for former presidents in federal criminal liability. As Trump appeals the decision in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the prosecutors are urging Judge Chutkan to proceed with the trial scheduled to begin on March 4, 2024.

Prosecutors Push Back Against Delay

In a court filing this weekend, Special Counsel Jack Smith has urged Judge Chutkan to deny Trump’s motion to postpone the trial. The prosecutors argue that during the pendency of the appeal, new matters could arise in the case that are not involved in the appeal itself. They stress the strong public interest in the trial proceeding as planned and urge the court to continue working on motions before it while Trump’s appeal is pending.

Strong Public Interest in Prompt Trial

The senior assistant special counsels, Molly Gaston and Thomas Windom, emphasized the public’s strong interest in a prompt trial. They emphasized the government’s commitment to meeting all deadlines in the court’s pretrial schedule and urged the court to decline issuing an order that would prevent it from resolving pending motions or handling aspects of the case unrelated to the appeal.

Concerns Over Immunity Argument

Meanwhile, former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner has warned of potential dangers ahead, characterizing Trump’s efforts to proceed with his immunity argument as a glimpse into his “dictatorial” plans. This warning adds another layer of complexity to the legal battle, further fueling the discussions around the implications of Trump’s legal strategies.

Multiple Legal Challenges

Trump is no stranger to legal entanglements, as the election-interference case adds to a series of criminal indictments and felony charges he currently faces. Apart from the election-related charges, Trump’s legal troubles extend to other allegations, including mishandling of classified documents retained after leaving the White House and hush-money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels. These cases, along with the election-interference trial, collectively present a web of legal challenges for the former president.

Uncommon Knowledge

Newsweek is committed to challenging conventional wisdom and finding connections in the search for common ground. As the legal battles against Trump continue, the courtroom drama and its implications echo far beyond the confines of the legal system, shaping public discourse and challenging fundamental norms.

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Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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