Trump Receives Temporary Halt in Jack Smith’s Classified Documents Case

Jack Smith’s team just suffered yet another setback with potentially significant implications as the Left’s lawfare against President Donald Trump continues to hit roadblocks at every turn.

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon has now granted a temporary delay in the classified documents case brought by Smith against Trump.

Judge Cannon said she will now assess the matter in the context of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision on presidential immunity, as the Washington Examiner reports.

As the New York Post reported, it was on Friday that Trump’s legal team made its request for a halt in the classified documents proceedings.

The request was made in light of the high court’s recent decision.

According to Trump’s attorneys, the Supreme Court’s ruling “guts” prosecutorial claims that their client enjoyed no immunity regarding claims that he mishandled sensitive national security documents.

Trump lawyers Todd Blanche, Emil Bove, and Christopher Kise contended that Smith is now unable to make use of evidence stemming from “official acts.”

They argue this was a key tactic of the prosecution in the case at issue.

Adding further meat to their request, the lawyers for Trump referenced a concurrence penned by Justice Clarence Thomas.

Thomas suggests that Smith’s appointment to his current role by Attorney General Merrick Garland may well be unconstitutional and therefore, invalid.

Specifically, the 45th president’s legal team requested that Cannon issue a partial stay in the case and take steps to resolve “threshold questions” about the SCOTUS ruling and how it impacts the documents matter.

They added that a briefing schedule related to the immunity ruling would need to stretch into September.

As such, it makes it increasingly unlikely that a trial would occur any time prior to the November election.

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Unsurprisingly, Smith’s team reacted by opposing the request for a stay and by asking for an opportunity to submit a formal response.

As the Washington Examiner later reported, it was on Saturday that Cannon went ahead and granted the request for a delay in the matter, pending a review of the Supreme Court’s decision and its potential implications for the case.

Cannon implemented a two-week halt on a trio of upcoming deadlines facing the parties, a decision that was surely welcomed by the president and his team.

The judge declared a July 18 deadline for Smith to respond to Trump’s motion for a stay and a July 21 deadline for all other replies.

Cannon’s move was a partial win for Trump.

Trump wanted a full pause on the case with the exception of the ongoing dispute over a gag order in the case but only received a halt on certain aspects of the proceedings.

Even so, any delays can rightly be viewed as detrimental to what has long seemed to be Smith’s overarching goal.

Namely, that goal is to secure convictions on as many counts against Trump as possible ahead of November 5.

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By Nick R. Hamilton

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