WASHINGTON (NEWSnet/AP) — Special counsel Jack Smith urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to let Donald Trump’s 2020 election interference case proceed to trial without further delay.

Prosecutors were responding to a Trump team request from earlier in the week, asking for a continued pause in the case.

This particular federal case involves the question of whether the former president is immune from prosecution for official acts in the White House. Two lower courts have overwhelmingly rejected that position, prompting Trump to ask the high court to intervene.

His lawyers filed an emergency appeal with the court on Monday, four days after the justices heard a Trump’s appeal on a separate case from Colorado on whether he can remain on that state's presidential ballot.

In urging the justices to permit the landmark prosecution case to move forward, Smith’s team said there was “a national interest in seeing the crimes alleged in this case resolved promptly.”

If the court wants to instead to decide the matter, Smith said, the justices should hear arguments in March and issue a final ruling by late June.

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