The immunity claim is Trump’s first substantive defense against the indictment brought by special prosecutor Jack Smith. The former president’s lawyers believe that the immunity issue may reach the Supreme Court. They said they will likely try to pause the rest of the case until it is resolved. They are also trying to buy time, because Trump previously lost an attempt to postpone the lawsuit until after next year’s elections. Trump then hopes to become president again.
Trump is scheduled to appear before a jury on March 4 on charges that he was at the center of a conspiracy to interfere in the 2020 election. This is one of four charges against the former president during his re-election campaign. He is on trial this week in New York in a fraud case related to his company.
The case in Washington focuses on Trump’s final months in office, which preceded the attack on the Capitol building of the US House of Representatives on January 6, 2021, by thousands of Trump supporters. They wanted to prevent President Joe Biden’s election victory from being confirmed.
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