Special counsel Jack Smith urges Supreme Court to reject Trump bid to delay election trial. The court filing is in response to Trump's effort to prevent a court ruling that rejected his broad immunity claim from going into effect.

WASHINGTON — Special counsel Jack Smith on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to reject an emergency application filed by Donald Trump that sought to further delay the former president's criminal trial arising from efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

Smith filed his response to Trump's request six days ahead of the deadline imposed by the court. The former president wants more time to litigate his claim that the federal indictment should be dismissed on the grounds of presidential immunity.

Trump's bid to put an appeals court ruling on hold that rejected his immunity claim fails to meet the necessary requirements for the Supreme Court to intervene, Smith said in his filing.

"Delay in the resolution of these charges threatens to frustrate the public interest in a speedy and fair verdict — a compelling interest in every criminal case and one that has unique national importance here," Smith wrote.

The case, he added, "involves federal criminal charges against a former president for alleged criminal efforts to overturn the results of the presidential election, including through the use of official power."

Smith said that if the court is inclined to grant Trump's request, it should immediately take the case up on an expedited schedule and issue a ruling "as promptly as possible" so that a trial can go ahead.

He suggested the court could hear oral arguments as soon as next month, giving time for a ruling before the end of June, when the court's term typically concludes.

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