Trump Calls On Supreme Court To Intervene In Hush Money Case


Trump has requested that the US Supreme Court intervene and overturn the guilty decision he received in the hush-money trial, which left him with the unwelcome distinction of being the country’s first former president to have been convicted of a felony.

In a characteristically florid post on his Truth Social page, the presumed Republican nominee for 2024 entered his plea, pointing out that the sentencing hearing on July 11 falls just four days before the GOP national convention in Milwaukee, where his nomination is anticipated to be confirmed.

“The ‘Sentencing’ for not having done anything wrong will be, conveniently for the Fascists, 4 days before the Republican National Convention,” Trump wrote. “A Radical Left Soros backed D.A., who ran on a platform of ‘I will get Trump,’ reporting to an ‘Acting’ Local Judge, appointed by the Democrats, who is HIGHLY CONFLICTED, will make a decision which will determine the future of our Nation?”

The former president was found guilty last Thursday on all 34 counts by a Manhattan jury of fabricating records to hide a sexual relationship with adult film actress Stormy Daniels before Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential contest.

More than five months before election day, the verdict—which Trump has vowed to appeal—pulsed the presidential race to a fever pitch, with Republicans pulling in different directions and Democrats looking for ways to take advantage of it.

A recent ABC/Ipsos poll revealed that 50% of people believed the decision was correct, almost twice as many as those who thought it was wrong (27%). This is concerning for Trump. 49% of those surveyed believed he ought to call off his candidacy, an action he is very unlikely to take.

The numbers were even more striking for “double haters,” or people who detest both President Joe Biden and Trump equally. Of these respondents, 65% approved the conclusion, with two-thirds believing the former president should halt his campaign. According to pollsters, the cohort may play a significant role in the swing voter group that they think will decide the outcome in November.

In an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in his favour, Trump is repeating the legal tactic used in his defence against special counsel Jack Smith’s charges relating to the January 6, 2021, mob attack on the US Capitol by asking the Supreme Court to intervene in a case he insists is blatantly political.

The nine judges are now deliberating over arguments made by Trump’s attorneys that he was completely immune from prosecution for actions made during his presidency, putting the case on pause.

However, his call to the court, which has a six-to-three conservative majority due to Trump’s judicial nominations during his White House tenure, also occurs at a time when concerns about the court’s political objectivity are at an all-time high in the wake of revelations that Justice Samuel Alito’s residence had an upside-down US flag at the time of the January 6 riot. The gesture is the same one that many of the attackers used to express their disapproval at Biden’s win.

In a Fox interview, Trump appeared unfazed by the prospect of receiving a jail term from Judge Juan Merchan at his hearing on July 11. He stated that he would be “OK” with either home confinement or a penitentiary sentence, stating that “it could happen.”

According to reports, Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan district attorney who handled Trump’s case, is still undecided on whether to ask Merchan for a prison sentence or not.

Given that Trump has no past convictions and that his conviction was for a low-level crime, legal experts have noted that probation is a more plausible punishment.

However, the former president’s constant verbal attacks on both men might have hurt his chances of staying free.

Democrats have attacked Bragg in the past by uploading a photo of themselves with a baseball bat next to an image of the prosecutor’s head.

The GOP Senate candidate Tim Sheehy, running against Democratic incumbent Jon Tester, has released the first attack ad intended to capitalize on the verdict. In it, he links his opponent for a Montana seat to a prosecution described as “a state-sponsored political persecution led by JOE BIDEN and the radical left.”

“They want to throw Trump in jail, trying to rob Americans of their choice in the election,” the 30-second broadcast says.

It also accuses Tester of advocating political violence against Trump, displaying footage of the senator saying: “I think you need to go back and punch him in the face.”

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