BREAKING : Surprise Removal of Jack Smith’s Trump Case From Court Docket Raises Questions

Former President Donald Trump’s scheduled start date for his federaI 2020 election obstruction trial has been removed from the public calendar.

Judge Tanya Chutkan, who is presiding over the case, initially scheduled the trial for March 4. Trump has entered a not-guilty plea to four charges stemming from Special CounseI Jack Smith’s investigation into the circumstances leading up to the at tack on January 6.

Most expected that the proceedings would start later than expected, though, because the case is now on hold while the D.C. Circuit decides whether Trump should be immune from pro secution because the charges against him pertain to his time in office.

It is uncertain when the three-judge panel at the appeaIs court will render a decision, despite hearing arguments on January 9, regarding whether the former president can invoke absolute immunity to dismiss Smith’s case.

As initially reported by The Washington Post, it has now been disclosed that the federal court in Washington, D.C., has removed the March 4 trial date from its public calendar. This administrative action suggests that the trial will be postponed while the immunity appeal process is underway.

“Donald Trump’s March 4 triaI on election fraud charges has been dropped from the court calendar. In December, Judge Tanya Chutkan agreed to freeze the case while Trump appealed the indictment on presidential immunity grounds. Its removal from the court calendar signals that the case will likely not begin for several more months, pushing it closer to the presidential election in November. The Washington, D.C., Court of Appeals is now considering the case, and it will likely go to the U.S. Supreme Court after that,” Newsweek reported.

Soon after the update was reported on social media, severaI political figures speculated that the removal of the March 4 trial date from the public calendar meant that the case would be dropped entirely.

Bill Shipley, a lawyer for defendants accused of involvement in the Capitol riot, responded by calling it “idio tic” to believe that Smith’s case would be dropped.