Wednesday, March 1st, special counsel Jack Smith petitioned the federal court in Washington, D.C., to prohibit former President Donald Trump from “injecting politics” and using “improper evidence” in the 2020 election case trial.
In the federal case where he is accused of fraudulently conspiring to annul the outcomes of the 2020 election, Trump has entered a not-guilty plea. The legal representatives for Trump filed a motion to dismiss the case in October, contending that his conduct was “within the heartland” of his “official duties.”
The proceedings have been temporarily halted pending the outcome of an appeal to U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, an Obama appointee, which rejected the appeal concerning the issue of presidential immunity.
As he seeks re-election to the White House and prepares for a potential rematch with President Joe Biden in the 2024 general election, Trump has argued that politically motivated prosecutors are conducting a “witch hunt” against him in three other criminal cases, including one led by Smith concerning the former president’s handling of classified documents.
Presently, the trial is scheduled to commence on March 4, 2024, one day prior to the observance of Super Tuesday.
In an effort to maintain the trial schedule, Smith’s team petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to address the presidential immunity question prior to the federal appeals court’s opportunity to render a decision on the subject. However, the request was denied by the high court last week.