Biden and the Democrats need to give it a break at this point!
Former President Donald Trump has accused Special Counsel Jack Smith of attempting to sabotage the holiday season for his staff. In response to Smith’s petition to the U.S. Supreme Court seeking a ruling on Trump’s immunity claim, Trump’s legal team drew parallels between Smith and the Grinch, the iconic character from Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
In a filing submitted on Wednesday, Trump’s attorneys expressed dissatisfaction with the proposed timeline set by the prosecution, which would require the former president’s opening brief to be filed the day after Christmas. The filing argued that such a schedule would force attorneys and support staff to work incessantly during the holidays, disrupting their family and travel plans. The document humorously likened the situation to the Grinch scheming to prevent Christmas, stating, “It is as if the Special Counsel ‘growled, with his Grinch fingers nervously drumming, ‘I must find some way to keep Christmas from coming. … But how?'”
Smith is expected to respond to Trump’s legal team in a filing on Thursday. His decision on Monday to bypass an appeals court and directly bring the issue of presidential immunity to the Supreme Court underscored the urgency he feels for Trump’s federal election interference trial, set to commence on March 4, 2024.
In response to the expedited consideration request, Trump’s lawyers labeled the proposed schedule as unreasonable, especially considering the upcoming holidays. They requested a longer timeframe of 40 days to serve and file the initial brief, along with an additional 45 days to prepare for oral arguments. Trump cautioned against a rushed judgment, emphasizing the historical significance and sensitivity of the issues at hand. The filing warned that a decision against him could set a precedent for the potential prosecution of other former presidents, posing questions about the actions of George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Richard Nixon, and John Quincy Adams during their time in the White House. The legal team asserted that these matters necessitate careful consideration, not the hurried pace advocated by the prosecution.