Former U.S. President Donald Trump was present in court on January 9 but judges have expressed skepticism over claims that he’s immune from prosecution on charges that he conspired to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.
Trump’s appeal may even be dismissed as two of the three judges in the panel who were appointed by the incumbent President Joe Biden even questioned whether they have jurisdiction to grant Trump an appeal at this point in the case.
The judges kept pressing Trump’s lawyer on his argument that Republican candidate was immune from criminal charges due to him being a former president. The outcome of the appeal has huge consequences for Trump's trial but also the wider issue of whether an ex-president can be prosecuted for acts committed during his tenure.
Trump’s lawyers who are trying to get his case dismissed are also hoping to benefit from the appeals process that could delay the court date way beyond its March 1 date if not after the election itself. If Trump's team would be successful in delaying the trial date until after the election, a potential win for Trump could give him the ability to order the Justice Department to abandon the prosecution or even to seek a pardon for himself. Nevertheless, he faces three other criminal cases in state and federal court.