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Federal prosecutor Jack Smith asked the US Supreme Court in mid-December to rule urgently on the immunity request of Donald Trump, but the country's highest court refused to respond to his request.

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Was Donald Trump protected by presidential immunity when he tried to invalidate the results of the 2020 election? The Supreme Court of the United States refused on Friday to rule urgently on this question, a boon for the Republican who hopes to postpone the start of his trial.

The tempestuous billionaire, candidate for the election at the end of 2024, must be judged from March 4 for the pressure he exerted during the last presidential election.

His lawyers, who are trying by all means to delay the start of his trial so that it does not coincide with the electoral calendar, claim that Donald Trump enjoys absolute immunity for his actions while in the White House. According to them, therefore, he should not be tried.

Judge Tanya Chutkan, who will preside over the proceedings of this federal trial of Donald Trump, rejected a first request for immunity at the beginning of December, considering that no text protected a former president against criminal prosecution.

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American judge Tanya Chutkan will preside over the trial over pressure from Donald Trump during the last presidential election.

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Donald Trump's lawyers appealed this decision, asking the Court of Appeal to rule on the subject. This additional step could, however, take many weeks and may ultimately delay the start of the former president's trial.

In mid-December, federal prosecutor Jack Smith petitioned the United States Supreme Court, asking the nation's highest court to rule directly on the issue, without waiting for the Court of Appeals.

The Supreme Court, with a conservative majority since it was largely overhauled by Donald Trump, refused this request on Friday.

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Donald Trump must be tried starting in March for the pressure he exerted during the 2020 presidential elections .

Similar attempts to invoke presidential immunity for Donald Trump were rejected by judges, but the temple of American law did not never directly said whether a former head of state benefited from immunity from criminal prosecution.

The case law is ;all the more vague as Donald Trump is the first ex-president of the United States to be criminally charged.

The Republican billionaire is preparing to live an extraordinary year in every way, punctuated by comings and goings between the courts and the campaign stands.

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