Former President Donald Trump's Washington case involving charges related to Jan. 6, 2021, is on hold as the judge awaits an appeal to the Supreme Court.
The former president's lawyers are seeking presidential immunity in the case that could put a stop to special counsel Jack Smith's efforts.
BREAKING NEWS: Judge pauses Jan. 6 case against Trump amid former president's appeal to dismisshttps://t.co/4mysDSx5aT
— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 13, 2023
"A federal judge ruled the case could go forward, but Trump said he would ask the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., to reverse that outcome," Fox News reported.
"Smith is attempting to bypass the appeals court — the usual next step in the process — and have the Supreme Court take up the matter directly," it added.
BREAKING NEWS: A judge paused the federal case accusing Donald Trump of attempting to illegally overturn the results of the 2020 election while the former U.S. president mounts an appeal claiming he is immune from the charges. See more: https://t.co/tDfXwn8ekf pic.twitter.com/LglBf49jkM
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"U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan said Trump's ongoing appeal temporarily halts all activity that would move the case toward trial," Newsmax reported.
"Chutkan said she could still enforce her past rulings, including the gag order that limits Trump's statements about prosecutors and witnesses, while the case is paused," it continued.
The case is one of several Trump continues to face on his path to run for president again in 2024.
He recently concluded a New York fraud trial against his organization. Trump also faces over 90 total charges in cases that include upcoming trials in Georgia and Florida.
The legal battles have not stopped his popularity, however, as Trump continues to hold a large lead over GOP presidential candidates just one month ahead of the first primary in Iowa.
Trump's GOP win could lead to a rematch with President Joe Biden as the former president continues to deal with multiple trials while also campaigning.