Trump and MAGA Republicans Call on SCOTUS to Overturn Conviction

( – Former President Donald Trump and several prominent Republicans are calling on the Supreme Court to intervene in his New York campaign finance case. Trump was convicted on Friday, May 31st, on all 34 counts of improperly accounting for payments he made for a non-disclosure agreement with adult film star Stormy Daniels. Each count stems from an individual payment made over time for the same NDA.

The Supreme Court typically can only get involved if there’s a constitutional issue at stake or federal law. Sentencing is scheduled for July, just four days before the Republican National Convention. Trump posted on Truth Social calling the prosecutors ‘fascists’ and pointing out that Judge Juan Merchan was “HIGHLY CONFLICTED” before suggesting the SCOTUS should make the determination.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) has also called for intervention by the SCOTUS. Johnson suggested the conviction of a political enemy of the current administration is “totally unprecedented” during an appearance on television. Johnson added that Justices are rightly concerned about the use of trumped-up charges to weaponize the justice system against political enemies. He advised patience, suggesting that it would “take some time” to happen.

Historically, the Department of Justice has been incredibly hesitant to prosecute elected officials for crimes that occurred while in office. It was tacitly understood that doing so would fundamentally change the political game, encouraging more prosecutions in the future. Some commenters suggested Republicans, with enough legislative control, could pass laws opening up Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton to prosecution for crimes that have already passed the statute of limitations, as New York Democrats did in the E. Jean Carroll case.

Trump’s legal team has been clear on their intent to appeal; however, appeals can only begin after sentencing. The appeal will first be heard in the New York Appeals Court before being considered by SCOTUS, presuming it gets that far.

Given the unique nature of the case and the controversial nature of the charges, it is possible SCOTUS will step in at some point over the next few weeks.

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