Supreme Court won’t expedite ruling on Trump’s immunity claim

 Supreme Court won’t expedite ruling on Trump’s immunity claim

WATERLOO, IOWA – DECEMBER 19: Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. President Donald Trump looks on during a campaign event on December 19, 2023 in Waterloo, Iowa. Iowa Republicans will be the first to select their party’s nomination for the 2024 presidential race, when they go to caucus on January 15, 2024. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Supreme Court has declined to expedite a decision on President Donald Trump’s claims of presidential immunity from criminal prosecution. The Supreme Court issued its order without comment on Monday evening.

The move means that the Court will likely not rule on Trump’s immunity claims until its normal fall calendar. Trump had asked the Court to expedite its decision so that he would have an answer before the November election.

This is a major setback for Trump’s legal team and for the president himself. The decision to deny Trump’s expedited request suggests that the Court may be wary of making decisions over a presidential election considering the implications that could have for the election’s outcome. Additionally, it could indicate that the Court does not view the immunity claim as urgent and so will take its time in ruling on the matter.

Given these factors, it is likely that the Supreme Court will not make a definitive ruling on Trump’s immunity claims before the November election.