Donald Trump’s legal team has raised concerns over potential violations of a court-ordered pause in his election subversion case. This pause, mandated by U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan last week, is in place while the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals deliberates on Trump’s claim of “presidential immunity.”
Trump’s attorneys filed a complaint on Monday, accusing special counsel Jack Smith of attempting to push the case forward in defiance of the court-ordered pause.
According to reports from The Messenger, Trump’s legal team contends that the special counsel is circumventing the Stay Order by providing them with an extensive amount of discovery material, including “thousands of pages of additional discovery” and a “draft exhibit list.”
The attorneys argue that such actions go against the court’s directive and place an undue burden on President Trump, emphasizing his right to be free from the litigation’s pressures during the ongoing appeal.
The goal, as stated by the special counsel’s office, was to facilitate a prompt resumption of the trial once the judge regains jurisdiction over the case.
In response, Trump’s defense filing stated that neither the former president nor his counsel would review the prosecution’s materials until and unless the Stay Order is lifted.
Meanwhile, a three-judge panel of the appeals court has scheduled oral arguments for January 9, and the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to expedite the review process at the request of special counsel Jack Smith. The key issue under consideration is whether the Supreme Court will take up the case and rule on the appeal.
Trump faces four federal felony charges related to his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, and the trial is currently slated to commence on March 4.