Attorneys representing former President Donald Trump have requested a federal judge to pause the legal procedures in the case, accusing him of attempting to invalidate the 2020 election.

This request comes as they appeal against the judge’s recent decision, in which she concluded that Trump does not have protection from prosecution.

Freezing the case during the appeal process was a deliberate tactic aimed at postponing the trial for the charges of election interference, which was initially scheduled to commence in March.

Trump’s legal team is aiming for a lengthy appeal of the immunity matter, possibly taking it to the Supreme Court, in hopes of delaying the trial until after the 2024 election. If that fails, the lawyers are hoping to at least postpone the trial until after the Republican Party’s nominating convention in Milwaukee in July.

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It is widely believed that Trump and his team believe his chances of resolving the four accusations against him are highest if he wins reelection.

Trump has made efforts to delay all of his cases, but he has maximized his efforts in the election case, specifically in the Federal District Court in Washington, as it is expected to be the first one presented to a jury.

Todd Blanche, a lawyer representing Trump, stated in an 11-page document to Judge Tanya S. Chutkan, the presiding judge in the case, that a temporary halt in proceedings should be immediate. This decision follows Trump’s official notification of his intention to contest her ruling at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Blanche contended that Judge Chutkan had lost control of the case and that the appeals court now had jurisdiction over it. The broad stay he sought would essentially halt the case, putting on hold all previously established deadlines set by Judge Chutkan for actions such as pretrial motions, disclosures related to defense trial strategies, and jury selection.

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