As former President Donald Trump maintains his front-runner status in the 2024 Republican primary race, he is simultaneously facing multiple criminal trials — including a federal case being led by special counsel Jack Smith.
Trump’s attorneys maintain that he exercised immunity while in office and therefore should not be subject to any charges that resulted from his actions in the aftermath of the 2020 election.
Unsurprisingly, Smith disagreed and petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to expedite a decision that would put the debate to rest.
Justices ruled against him last week, however, siding with Trump and multiple attorneys general who argued that the motion should make its way through the appeals process as scheduled.
BREAKING: We have filed a brief at the United States Supreme Court to halt Jack Smith’s move to circumvent the appeals process in his prosecution of President Trump.
The DOJ’s attempt to accelerate the prosecution is blatantly partisan, and SCOTUS must reject it. pic.twitter.com/kJw2krar6U
— Attorney General Andrew Bailey (@AGAndrewBailey) December 21, 2023
In a social media post over the weekend, Trump took a victory lap in response, declaring that the nation’s highest court “has unanimously rejected Deranged Jack Smith’s ‘SUPER SPEEDY’ lawsuit” on the matter.
“This sick puppies team of Lowlifes and Radical Left Thugs could have brought this ‘case’ 3 years ago, and it would be long over by now,” he continued. “No, they waited until right in the middle of my very successful campaign for President.”
Echoing his prior assertions that the legal challenges he is currently facing are part of a politically motivated effort to derail his ambitions for a second term, Trump speculated that if he were not polling so well or had opted not to run, “they would never have even brought this ridiculous and disgraceful lawsuit.”
He concluded the case against him amounts to “Election Interference like never before seen in our Country,” going on to insist that Smith and his other political rivals are guilty of the very act they claim he instigated on Jan. 6, 2021.
“In a certain way, it is real ‘insurrection,’ especially when adding the millions of people, from places unknown, that the worst President in the history of the United States is allowing to pour into our Country, totally unchecked and unvetted,” Trump wrote. “This insane Open Border’s decision will prove to be a mistake for the ages, but I will fix it. MAGA!!!”
Trump’s legal team filed a brief on Saturday calling on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to toss out the case entirely based on the immunity argument.
“The structure of our government, the text of the Constitution and its early commentators, common-law immunity doctrines, our political history, the Supreme Court’s analogous immunity doctrines, and the policy considerations rooted in the separation of powers all dictate that no President, current or former, may be criminally prosecuted for his official acts unless he is first impeached and convicted by the Senate,” the attorneys wrote.