Former President Donald Trump was handed a victory on Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court announced they would take up the question of presidential immunity and possibly push back a criminal trial until after the election.
The court said that it would consider “whether and if so to what extent does a former president enjoy presidential immunity from criminal prosecution for conduct alleged to involve official acts during his tenure in office.”
Special counsel Jack Smith asked the court to avoid delaying the trial in order to serve the “unique national importance” to the public interest.
The matter will be taken up by the court the week of April 22.
Even if the Supreme Court rules against Trump, the decision would take months. Many on the left took the decision as confirmation that the highest court in the land was in a grand conspiracy to help sway the election to the former president.
Among the loudest and most histrionic voices on the left was MSNBC host Chris Hayes. He called the order “a clear, unmistakable sign from the MAGA majority of the Trump-created court that they are with him. That they are going to use their power to make sure that he does not face trial in an election year for attempting to end American democracy.”
“Just plain terrifying”
“What the Supreme Court did today is just plain terrifying,” read a social media post from Slate writer Mark Joseph Smith. “The justices are actively abetting Trump’s efforts to run out the clock and evade trial for Jan. 6. In a choice between independence and cynical partisan loyalty, a majority picked the latter.”
“Trump’s goal is to deny justice by delaying justice,” replied Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff of California. “Sadly, the Justices seem ok with that result. There was no reason for them to hear this case. A president is not immune from prosecution when he violates the law to stay in power. Not in a democracy.”
“Let’s not beat around the bush, decision by the Supreme Court to hear the Trump immunity case is outrageous and, at its heart, fundamentally corrupt,” said columnist David Rothkopf. “The decision not to hear it until late April makes further significant trial delays likely. They are deliberately delaying the trial without any reasonable legal reason to do so. This is a political decision and, in my estimation, an ugly one.”
“After delaying for weeks, the Supreme Court finally decided to rule on Trump having presidential immunity. F*** THIS SUPREME COURT. EXPAND THE COURT,” responded musician Dave Ryder.
At least one Democrat tried to find a bright side in the announcement. Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu of California predicted that it would motivate Democrats to show up to the polls and defeat Trump.
“My view of the Supreme Court action: if the trial is delayed until after November, we will see THE LARGEST BLUE WAVE IN HISTORY,” Lieu tweeted. “If November becomes a referendum on whether Trump faces justice, then Democrats will absolutely flip the House, keep the White House and expand the Senate.”
NBC News called the announcement a legal win as well as a political and rhetorical victory for Trump.
If the Supreme Court rules in favor of Trump’s immunity, the charges will be dropped.
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