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World News December 23, 2023

U.S. Supreme Court declines to fast-track Trump ‘absolute immunity’ case

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an immediate hearing on former President Donald Trump’s claim of immunity from prosecution, potentially delaying his trial on charges related to interference in the 2020 election. Special Counsel Jack Smith had sought an expedited review of the immunity case, arguing that a former president is not immune from federal prosecution for crimes committed while in office. The Supreme Court, with a conservative majority, denied the request without providing reasons. Trump is scheduled to go on trial on March 4, 2024, and his lawyers have repeatedly sought to delay the proceedings. The appeals court will now hear the immunity case, and its ruling is expected to reach the Supreme Court eventually. Trump welcomed the decision, asserting his entitlement to presidential immunity. He faces charges related to the 2020 election in Washington, Georgia, and Florida.

Source – CGTN

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