(Patriot.Buzz) – In a bombshell development amidst a barrage of lawsuits seeking to prevent him from running for office, former President Donald Trump scored a monumental win concerning the legal proceedings against his alleged actions to overturn the 2020 election results.
The presiding judge, Tanya Chutkan, has recognized that the case’s jurisdiction is beyond her court’s purview due to its pending status before the Supreme Court. Consequently, she has temporarily halted the case against Trump, the leading Republican candidate for the 2024 presidential election, until the Supreme Court clarifies its role in the matter.
Special Counsel Jack Smith, appointed to investigate Trump’s conduct surrounding the 2020 election, recently petitioned the Supreme Court to decide whether Trump could be prosecuted for his alleged attempts to subvert the election outcome.
This move followed a federal judge’s decision allowing the case to proceed, which Trump indicated he would challenge in the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. Seeking to expedite the process, Smith has urged the Supreme Court to bypass the typical appellate route and address the issue directly.
The Supreme Court recently responded to Smith’s request by asking Trump’s legal team to submit a counter-motion by December 20, granting a two-day extension from Smith’s original deadline.
Following this development, Trump’s attorneys filed a motion requesting Judge Chutkan to suspend the ongoing proceedings in the January 6 case during the pendency of Trump’s appeal. In her filing, Judge Chutkan concurred with both parties, stating that the appeal automatically postpones any further actions that would advance the trial or impose additional litigation burdens on Trump.
Judge Chutkan also noted her obligation to adhere to any decision made by the appellate court should it assume temporary jurisdiction over the enforcement measures. The initial trial date, scheduled for March 4, now faces potential postponement, pending the outcome of the appeals process.
In August, Trump entered a plea of not guilty to four federal charges derived from Smith’s investigation into the 2020 election interference and the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. These charges include conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights.
The Supreme Court’s involvement in the matter remains uncertain, with its next scheduled conference for considering such issues set for January 5. The court’s brief order has not yet indicated its ultimate decision regarding the case.