“The extraordinary request is an attempt by Smith to keep the election subversion trial – currently scheduled for early March – on track. Smith is asking the Supreme Court to take the rare step of skipping a federal appeals court and quickly decide a fundamental issue of the case against Trump.” Does being an ex-president give Donald Trump any immunity from criminal prosecution? Jack Smith wants to skip all the appeals courts and hear an answer straight from SCOTUS. Special counsel goes directly to Supreme Court to resolve whether Trump has immunity from prosecution. (The fact that his out-in-the-open crimes haven’t dented his support is infinitely sad.)