The federal decide overseeing former President Donald Trump’s 2020 election interference criminal case in Washington DC stayed additional trial court docket proceedings on Wednesday pending an appeal earlier than the US Court docket of Appeals for the DC Circuit. The court docket’s resolution comes simply two days after the US Supreme Court docket agreed to take up the difficulty as federal prosecutors search to keep up the March 4, 2024 trial date.
Choose Tanya Chutkan agreed to remain the trial court docket proceedings whereas Trump appeals her earlier rejection of his declare of “absolute presidential immunity.” The problem is at the moment on attraction earlier than the DC Circuit. The Supreme Court docket agreed to listen to the exact same subject on Monday after Particular Prosecutor Jack Smith requested that the excessive court docket weigh in.
In her order to remain the case, Chutkan wrote, “[T]he court docket agrees with both parties that [Trump’s] attraction routinely stays any additional proceedings that may transfer this case in direction of trial or impose further burdens of litigation.” Because of this, all deadlines and proceedings beforehand scheduled by the court docket are placed on maintain—probably jeopardizing the court docket’s March 4, 2024 trial date for the case.
The March 4, 2024 trial date has been on the middle of a lot of the authorized back-and-forth between Trump and federal prosecutors. Trump has repeatedly sought to delay trial, suggesting that the court docket delay court docket proceedings till after the 2024 election, through which he’s the present leading candidate for the Republican Occasion. In an August filing, Trump requested an April 2026 trial date to permit for “sufficient time to defend himself.”
Smith has repeatedly pushed again in opposition to any effort to delay the trial, together with in his submitting to the US Supreme Court docket. In Smith’s request that the Supreme Court docket tackle Trump’s declare of immunity, as an alternative of ready for the conventional appellate course of to play out, he stated, “It’s of crucial public significance that [Trump’s] claims of immunity be resolved by this Court docket and that respondent’s trial proceed as promptly as doable if his declare of immunity is rejected.”
Regardless of Chutkan’s resolution to remain the trial court docket proceedings, sure trial court docket measures stay within the case. Included amongst these measures are the circumstances of Trump’s launch, protecting orders over discovery materials and the recently amended gag order on the previous president and his counsel.