Judge postpones Trump D.C. election trial pending appeal

A judge on Friday indefinitely postponed the election interference criminal trial of former President Donald Trump, which was scheduled to start March 4 in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

The postponement is the result of a pending appeal from Trump challenging the right of the U.S. Department of Justice to charge him in the case, where he is accused of illegally trying to overturn his 2020 election loss to President Joe Biden.

Trump says he has presidential immunity from prosecution because the alleged crimes relate to actions he took while still in the White House.

That appeal has yet to be decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Trump is certain to ask the Supreme Court to hear his appeal if the circuit court rules against him, as is special counsel Jack Smith if the appeals court rules against that prosecutor.

If the Supreme Court accepts an appeal on that issue, it could take longer than March 4 to decide how to rule.