June 17, 2024

Rep. Donalds calls for Supreme Court to reverse Trump's guilty verdict

U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) has called on the members of the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn former President Donald Trump's guilty verdict. 

Donalds, according to the Washington Examinermade the call during an interview Sunday on NBC's Meet The Press. 

This all comes after a New York City jury found Trump guilty in the so-called hush-money case that was brought against him by the George Soros-backed Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (D).

Trump and his legal team have vowed to appeal the verdict, and legal experts seem to be in agreement that the case, at some point, will likely be overturned - for a large number of reasons.

Supreme Court should "step in"

Donalds, during his NBC appearance, was asked about the possibility of the Supreme Court intervening in this hush-money case. The Republican - who is believed to be on Trump's "short-list" of 2024 running mates - made it clear that the justices should.

"The only ability for this to be overturned is going to be happening two or three years from now. We all know this. That’s why what happened in lower Manhattan was to interfere with an election, which is why Speaker Johnson, myself included, and many Americans believe the Supreme Court should step in to this matter," Donalds said.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) and Donalds were among the first congressional Republicans, following Trump's guilty verdict, to call for the Supreme Court to step in.

"I do believe the Supreme Court should step in, obviously, this is totally unprecedented, and it’s dangerous to our system," Johnson, at the time, said.

He added, "We’ve all discussed this before, and y’all talk about it all the time — this is diminishing the American people’s faith in our system of justice itself."

Will it happen?

Probably not.

This is because, according to legal experts, the Supreme Court is not allowed to just "step in" to such a case. First off, Trump needs to be sentenced, then Trump would have to exhaust appellate opportunities at the state level.

Only after all of that, would Trump be able to start thinking about bringing the case to the Supreme Court, and this would be when the justices could "step in."

As Donalds suggested, it is likely going to be a lengthy process. But, some legal experts, including Allan Dershowitz, believe that Trump may be able to "fast-track" the case to the Supreme Court.

It appears that Trump's legal team will likely do so, but, first, Trump needs to be sentenced, and that, at the time of this writing, is not happening for another few weeks.

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