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( – The United States Supreme Court has set the hearing date for what might be the most significant case concerning presidential power in almost a half-century.

Specifically, the Supreme Court has scheduled a hearing on April 25 for former President Donald Trump’s appeal concerning presidential immunity.

This appeal is crucial as it halts Trump’s trial for election interference in Washington, D.C., making it improbable that the trial will conclude before the upcoming election. This case is among several significant ones involving Trump that the Supreme Court is examining this term.

In a statement, the Supreme Court specified its decision to consider Trump’s appeal, focusing on the extent to which a former President is protected from criminal prosecution for actions purportedly carried out during their time in office.

This decision comes amidst other significant cases the Court will review, including Fischer v. United States. This case examines the breadth of an obstruction statute related to charges against many defendants from the January 6 events, which could substantially affect Trump’s legal situation.

Additionally, the Supreme Court decided that Trump could not be removed from Colorado’s ballot, emphasizing that the enforcement of the 14th Amendment’s Section 3 falls under Congress’s jurisdiction, not individual states. This section concerns restrictions on individuals who have violated their oath to the Constitution by engaging in insurrection from holding office.

John Malcolm from the Heritage Foundation provided insight into the implications of the Supreme Court’s decision to take up the presidential immunity case. He predicts that the trial in D.C. will not occur before the election due to the time required for the Supreme Court to issue its rulings on both this case and the Fischer case, likely in late June. Even if the Supreme Court’s decision does not favor Trump, numerous pretrial issues need to be resolved before proceeding to trial.

Judge Tanya Chutkan and the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals have previously ruled against Trump’s claim of presidential immunity, denying his request to dismiss the case. Despite efforts by Special Counsel Jack Smith to expedite Trump’s trial, the Supreme Court declined a request to address the immunity question before the appeals court’s decision.

Malcolm also pointed out that the Department of Justice policy was designed to avoid actions that could influence an election close to its occurrence, which could affect the timing of the trial if it were to start in the fall. Moreover, he mentioned the ongoing case in Florida concerning classified documents, which is expected to occur this summer and last several weeks.

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