By Andrew Chung and John Kruzel

(Reuters) – Lawyers of donald trump He told the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday that the criminal trial of the former president accused of plotting to overturn his 2020 election loss should be delayed because the justices will hear a separate case in the coming months that could affect two of the charges against him.

In a new filing, lawyers urged the Supreme Court to slow down the trial process in part because the justices will soon weigh whether a defendant named Joseph Fischer, who was involved in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, 2021, you may be accused of obstructing an official proceeding. Trump has been charged with obstructing an official proceeding and conspiring to do so.

Following this filing, the court could act at any time on Trump’s attempt, filed on Monday, to freeze a court decision rejecting his claim in this case for immunity from prosecution.

“There is no point in conducting a complex criminal trial while there is a case pending in this court that could invalidate half of the indictment’s charges,” the attorneys wrote in a brief, referring to the four criminal charges filed by the special counsel. Jack Smith on the case.

Thursday’s filing came in response to one filed by Smith on Wednesday that urged the Supreme Court to reject Trump’s attempt to further delay court proceedings as he presses his claim to presidential immunity. If the justices do not immediately reject Trump’s request, Smith asked that they take over the case and decide the immunity issue on a fast track basis.

Trump, the first former president to be criminally prosecuted, is the favorite to challenge the Republican nomination. president joe bidena Democrat who defeated him in 2020, in the US elections on November 5.

In an attempt to prevent Congress from certifying Biden’s 2020 election victory over Trump, his supporters attacked police, broke barricades and stormed the Capitol. Trump gave an incendiary speech to supporters before him, repeating his false claims of widespread voter fraud and telling them to go to the Capitol and “fight like hell.” Then, for hours, he rejected requests that he urge the mob to stop.

No date has been set for judges to hear the case involving Fischer, who was arrested in Pennsylvania.

“The nation has a compelling interest in seeing the charges brought to trial,” Smith said in his presentation, adding that “the public interest in a speedy trial is at its peak when, as here, a former president is accused of conspiring to subvert the electoral process so that he can remain in office.”

The indictment accused Trump of conspiring to defraud the United States, obstructing Congress’ certification of Biden’s election victory and conspiring to do so, and conspiring against Americans’ right to vote.

Trump’s lawyers in their filing Thursday said a trial should not take place before the immunity dispute has been resolved, repeating Trump’s claim that the case was politically motivated.

“The special counsel seeks to put President Trump on trial and secure a conviction before the November election in which President Trump is the front-runner against President Biden,” they wrote.

Trump’s lawyers on Monday asked the Supreme Court to stay a Feb. 6 ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that rejected his claim of immunity.

They asked the judges to halt the trial process pending a reconsideration of the case by all judges on the D.C. Circuit and, if necessary, an appeal to the Supreme Court. Trump’s March 4 trial date in federal court in Washington has already been postponed, with no new date set.

Slowing down the case could benefit Trump. If he wins the election and returns to the White House, Trump could use his presidential powers to force an end to prosecution or potentially pardon himself for any federal crimes.

(Reporting by Andrew Chung in New York and John Kruzel in Washington; Editing by Will Dunham)

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