Trump is requesting the Supreme Court to delay their decision on immunity in a case related to the 2020 election.

Former President Donald Trump has requested the Supreme Court to halt a lower court’s decision that rejected his claims of immunity from criminal prosecution in the federal case related to the 2020 election. In a 39-page filing on Monday, Trump’s lawyers asked for a “stay” of the ruling issued by a three-judge panel in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The panel had agreed to delay enforcing its decision until February 12 to allow Trump time to appeal to the high court. Trump’s legal team is seeking emergency relief and plans to eventually ask the Supreme Court to settle the matter. They argue that the panel’s decision goes against precedent and historical norms, and that without immunity from prosecution, the presidency as we know it will cease to exist. The appeals court panel had ruled that Trump was not immune from prosecution in special counsel Jack Smith’s criminal case against him, rejecting his argument that he should be shielded from charges because the alleged conduct occurred while he was in office. The judges wrote that Trump’s claim of unbounded authority to commit crimes would neutralize the fundamental check on executive power and give the executive branch the ability to violate citizens’ voting rights. The panel’s ruling is set to go into effect on February 12, unless the Supreme Court grants emergency relief or the full appeals court agrees to hear the case after the deadline. Trump was charged last year with four counts related to an alleged attempt to unlawfully overturn the results of the 2020 election and has pleaded not guilty. He first made his claim of presidential immunity in a blog post.  

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