June 30, 2024

Trump notches string of impressive wins from the debate stage to the Supreme Court

For much of the last year, Democrats seemed to believe that the campaign of lawfare they were waging against former President Donald Trump would be more than sufficient to boot him out of the political arena once and for all.

However, after a string of massive wins that began with Thursday's commanding defeat of President Joe Biden on the debate stage, Trump is still celebrating his journey from strength to strength, as The Hill reports, with another potentially significant victory possible on Monday.

Post-debate victory lap

In the wake of a debate which was nearly universally declared disastrous for the incumbent president, Trump basked in the afterglow of the event.

Speaking at a rally in Chesapeake, Virginia, on Friday, Trump rhetorically asked, “Did anybody last night watch anything called a debate?”

“We had a big victory against a man that really is looking to destroy our country,” Trump went on, labeling Biden “corrupt” as well as “incompetent.”

Marveling at the shocking nature of Biden's on-stage performance, Trump observed that the president had spent the prior week “resting, working and studying” away from the White House” and noted that Biden “got the debate rules he wanted. He got the date that he wanted. He got the network that he wanted.”

Even so, Trump continued, “No amount of resting or rigging could help him defend his atrocious record.”

Court rulings add to optimism

As if the debate outcome was not enough to put the wind in Trump's sails, even more good news came on Friday via the U.S. Supreme Court, when the justices issued a ruling in a key Jan. 6 controversy that could have a significantly positive impact on one of the former president's pending criminal cases.

By determining that the Justice Department went too far in stretching its interpretation of an Enron-era obstruction statute when prosecuting Jan. 6 Capitol protestors, the high court dealt a potentially fatal blow to two of special counsel Jack Smith's charges against Trump, as Newsweek explains.

Though Smith is likely to argue that Trump's obstruction counts are sufficiently different from that of the defendant in the aforementioned Supreme Court case and therefore remain valid, the justices' ruling is sure to prompt the former president's defense team to file motions certain to delay the proceedings, perhaps beyond the November election.

Former federal prosecutor Neama Rahmani observed that the ruling “is great news for Trump, just one day after his decisive win in the presidential debate, and she suggested that Smith may opt to drop the counts from Trump's indictment altogether to “avoid the possibility of dismissal and guaranteed delays in the case.”

With all of those positive developments behind him, Trump now awaits another potentially pivotal Supreme Court decision on Monday, when the panel is poised to rule on his claims of presidential immunity from prosecution, something which could dramatically alter his political and personal future for the better and help pave the way to a White House return.

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