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Donald Trump, former president of the United States , faces charges in various trials.

Agence France-Presse

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Federal prosecutor Jack Smith has asked the US Supreme Court on Monday to rule urgently on Donald Trump's request for immunity in order to prevent the ex-president from derailing the schedule of his trial concerning the 2020 election. /p>

The lawyers of the favorite of the Republican primaries systematically demand that his various trials be held as late as possible, in any case after the presidential election of November 2024.

Judge Tanya Chutkan, who will preside over the proceedings in Donald Trump's federal trial for his allegedly unlawful attempts to invalidate the result of the 2020 election, rejected his request for immunity on December 1, finding that ;no text protected a former president against criminal prosecution.

But the appeal from his lawyers, filed on December 7, suspends the procedure against him, indicates special prosecutor Jack Smith, who is investigating the case, in his request for direct referral to the Supreme Court.

However, if the appeal procedure took place according to the ordinary rhythm of the Court of Appeal, a final decision could not come for many months, while the trial must begin on March 4, 2024, underlines he.

It is fundamental to the public interest that the The defendant's request for immunity be resolved as expeditiously as possible – and if he does not have immunity, he should be tried in a fair and speedy trial. /p>A quote from Jack Smith, Special Prosecutor

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This is an exceptional request, concedes he added: This is an exceptional file.

Accordingly, Jack Smith is asking the Supreme Court to take up the matter and schedule a hearing at short notice to hear the arguments of both parties in order to be able to rule by the end of its session, which ends ;ends on June 30.

The Court, without ruling on the seizure itself, accepted in the afternoon of the #x27;examine urgently, giving the defense until December 20 to respond.

Although no precedent supports the defendant's claim to criminal immunity as a former president, the State recognizes that this court has never ruled on this subject, adds -it.

At the same time, the prosecutor specifies that he is submitting a request for urgent review to the Court of Appeal, in the event that the nine judges of the Supreme Court, six appointed by Republican presidents and three by Democrats, would reject his request.

Donald Trump's lawyers say he has absolute immunity for his actions when ;he was at the White House. They invoke a 1981 Supreme Court case law concerning civil suits against former President Richard Nixon.

They also argue that due to his acquittal in the parliamentary impeachment proceedings against him for the January 6, 2021 assault on the Capitol by hundreds of his supporters attempting to prevent the certification of the #x27;election of Joe Biden, he cannot be judged for his maneuvers aimed at invalidating the results.

In her decision, Judge Chutkan concluded that the Nixon precedent did not apply to criminal proceedings against a former president and that impeachment proceedings did not constitute a criminal trial.

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The defendant's four years as commander-in-chief did not confer on him the divine right of kings to escape the criminal liability to which his fellow citizens are subject.

A quote from Judge Tanya Chutkan

Donald Trump is also being prosecuted by the Georgia State Court for related election interference charges and will also have to answer in federal court for his alleged negligent handling of confidential documents after his departure from the White House.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">In the campaign to retake the White House, Mr. Trump attributes his legal troubles to the Democratic administration of President Joe Biden, which he could find on his road to 2024 for a rematch of the 2020 election.

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