The Supreme Court has declined to weigh in on whether or not Trump is immune from prosecution, Politico reports.
The decision is seen as a blow to Special Counsel Jack Smith’s case and his hopes to keep the March 4th trial on track.
The court declined to give a reason for it declining to make a ruling on the matter.
The Supreme Court declined on Friday to decide for now whether former President Donald J. Trump is immune from prosecution on charges of plotting to overturn the 2020 election. The case will move forward in an appeals court and most likely return to the Supreme Court in the coming months.
The decision to defer consideration of a central issue in the case was a major practical victory for Mr. Trump, whose lawyers have consistently sought to delay criminal cases against him around the country.
The court’s order was one sentence long and gave no reasons, which is typical when the justices deny review. There were no noted dissents.
Jack Smith, the special counsel prosecuting Mr. Trump, has asked the justices to move with extraordinary speed, bypassing a federal appeals court.
Appellate Courts will continue to hear the immunity case.