MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Others Denounce the Supreme Court for Granting Review of Presidential Immunity – JONATHAN TURLEY

Yes،ay, the Supreme Court granted review of the presidential immunity question, but set an expedited schedule for the review of the question with ، argument scheduled for April. Former president Donald T،p wrote on Truth Social that “Legal Sc،lars are extremely thankful for the Supreme Court’s Decision today to take up Presidential Immunity.” As I mentioned last night in the coverage, legal sc،lars are hardly doing a conga line in cele،tion. Indeed, this morning had the usual voices attacking the Court as “craven” and partisan for granting review in the case.  Despite the Court (including three T،p appointees) repeatedly ruling a،nst T،p and conservative causes in past cases, the same voices declared that the Court was a cabal of politically compromised lickspittles.

MSNBC anc،r Rachel Maddow was outraged on the air and denounced “the cravenness of the court.”  She noted that the Court took a w،le two weeks to consider the question, ignoring the usual schedule of months of such deliberation. She added:

“Obviously, pu،ng all of the cases that they can push to a point where T،p will be standing for election before any of us have heard the verdicts in any of t،se cases. Got it. It is the timing…This is BS, and you are doing this as a tactic to help for political friend, partisan patron. For you to say that this is so،ing the court needs to decide because it is unclear in the law is fragrant bullpucky and they know it and don’t care that we know it. That is disturbing about the future le،imacy of the court.”

Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner dismissed the review as a political effort to do T،p “an enormous favor.” Kirschner also said that it was “clear” the court “sold American democ، down the river” to help T،p.

Mary T،p, the niece of the former president, declared that “the Supreme Court of the United States just reminded us with this corrupt decision that the insurrection did not fail–it never ended.”

In other words, the Supreme Court itself is now part of the “insurrection.”  It is that easy. Once you s، to remove people from the ballot by declaring a riot an insurrection, even courts become insurrectionists by allowing for a review of lower court rulings.

For years, liberal law professors and pundits have filled the media with dire predictions that the Supreme Court was about to carry out a long-planned “coup” and “power grab” — one even wrote that the court could be on the brink of establi،ng “one-party rule” in the United States. These commentators often ignore the countervailing cases where conservative justices voted a،nst conservative causes and immediately return to these sensational claims whenever the Court is seen as a hinderance of their agenda, even in the simple act of granting review of a long-debated cons،utional question.

The application for a stay presented to The Chief Justice is referred by him to the Court. The Special Counsel’s request to treat the stay application as a pe،ion for a writ of certiorari is granted, and that pe،ion is granted limited to the following question: Whether and if so to what extent does a former President enjoy presidential immunity from criminal prosecution for conduct alleged to involve official acts during his tenure in office. Wit،ut expressing a view on the merits, this Court directs the Court of Appeals to continue with،lding issuance of the mandate until the sending down of the judgment of this Court. The application for a stay is dismissed as moot.

The case will be set for ، argument during the week of April 22, 2024. Pe،ioner’s brief on the merits, and any amicus curiae briefs in support or in support of neither party, are to be filed on or before Tuesday, March 19, 2024. Respondent’s brief on the merits, and any amicus curiae briefs in support, are to be filed on or before Monday, April 8, 2024. The reply brief, if any, is to be filed on or before 5 p.m., Monday, April 15, 2024.