Jack Smith bets big by asking for an expedited Supreme Court ruling on Trump

The special counsel's request for a rushed ruling could help his case against the former president — if it doesn't backfire in his face

Special Counsel Jack Smith
Special Counsel Jack Smith
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For as much as it might feel like a lifetime ago, it's been just four months since Special Counsel Jack Smith filed his historic indictment against former President Donald Trump for allegedly working to subvert and overturn his 2020 electoral loss. The 45-page indictment — separate from both Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis' parallel charges for election subversion and Smith's other case focusing on Trump's alleged mishandling of classified documents — describes the former president as "determined to stay in power" after losing his reelection bid, spreading lies and insinuations to "create an intense national atmosphere of mistrust and anger, and erode public faith in the administration of the election." 

Unsurprisingly, Trump has denied any wrongdoing whatsoever, in part arguing in a motion filed in October that the charges against him should be dismissed entirely because he enjoys presidential immunity for actions taken during his time in office. While that motion was denied last week by U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, the rejection has ultimately "set the stage for the next possible means of delay" for the former president by appealing his way through the judiciary, pushing back his scheduled March trial date until after the 2024 election, MSNBC columnist Jordan Rubin wrote after Chutkan's ruling was filed. 

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