World News

US Supreme Court rejects quick ruling on Donald Trump’s immunity claim

The United States’ Supreme Court on Friday denied Special Counsel Jack Smith’s request to accelerate arguments about former president Donald Trump‘s immunity from federal prosecution for alleged crimes he committed while in office. The court’s recent ruling, which came without an explanation or any dissents, might postpone Trump’s trial. Additionally, it is a major blow for Smith, who requested the justices to sidestep a federal appeals court and quickly settle a key issue in his criminal case against Trump for election subversion, CNN reported.

Moreover, Trump’s attorneys urged the court to not take the case as they argued that the special counsel was trying to “rush to decide the issues with reckless abandon. The fact that this case arises in the vortex of political dispute warrants caution, not haste,” Trump attorneys wrote in court papers.

Following the Supreme Court’s rejection, Trump continued to insist he has immunity from federal prosecution, as he took to social media on Friday and wrote: “I was President, it was my right and duty to investigate and speak on, the rigged and stolen 2020 Presidential Election.

Donald Trump

“Looking forward to the very important arguments on Presidential Immunity in front of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals!” The decision follows Trump’s team’s request to review District Judge Tanya Chutkan’s immunity ruling, which rejected Trump’s attorney’s argument that the criminal indictment should be dismissed.

The judge has paused all procedural deadlines in the case while the appeal plays out but Smith’s team sought to bypass the appeals court’s review of the matter by having the justices step in now.

“It is of imperative public importance that respondent’s claims of immunity be resolved by this Court and that respondent’s trial proceed as promptly as possible if his claim of immunity is rejected,” Smith’s team wrote in its petition to the Supreme Court.

Prosecutors are also seeking the court to determine if Trump is protected by double jeopardy, as his defence lawyers argue that due to his impeachment trial acquittal, he cannot be criminally tried again for the same alleged actions. Meanwhile, Smith had pushed back strongly on Trump’s claim that prosecutors were trying to unfairly rush him to trial this March, writing that those claims “are unfounded and incorrect.

Source: SABC

In other news – Matt Damon thinks Ben Affleck is Jennifer Lopez’s robot

Ben Affleck’s longtime friend Matt Damon is reportedly not a fan of his rekindled romance with Jennifer Lopez. An insider privy to Radar Online has revealed that the 53 year-old actor thinks that the Batman star transforms into “a brainwashed robot” around the pop star.

Matt Damon

“Matt’s had serious reservations about Bennifer 2.0 since the beginning. He’s tried to be publicly supportive for Ben’s sake, but the fact is he hates the way J Lo treats his buddy and can no longer hold his tongue,” the tipster claimed. Read more