Supreme Court decline fast-tracking Trump immunity case in blow to special counsel

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The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a plea for now to take up a landmark over whether Donald Trump is absolutely immune from prosecution for alleged crimes committed while he held office, a move that allows the appeals process to play out first.

The court issued a one-line, unsigned order denying the request from special counsel Jack Smith, “The petition for a writ of certiorari before judgement is denied.” There were no noted dissents.

The decision by Supreme Court is a blow to Smith and his team of prosecutors, who have pushed the courts to move quickly to hold trials in the Washington case and the second prosecution in Florida, before the presidential elections swings into full gear. Meanwhile, the former president’s attorneys have urged the court to delay the trial until after the election.

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The special counsel declined to comment on the court’s decision.

In a post on his Truth Social platform, Trump wrote, “Crooked Joe Biden and his henchmen waited three years to bring this sham case, and now they have tried and failed to rush this Witch Hunt through the courts.”