Judge spares Jack Smith from contempt despite filing in paused Trump case

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan declined on Thursday to hold special counsel Jack Smith in contempt of court on Thursday, though she affirmed that he and former President Donald Trump “shall not” file motions to her while the 2020 election subversion case is on hold.

Chutkan had temporarily halted proceedings in the case while Trump appeals his bid to dismiss the case on presidential immunity grounds, a question that is currently being considered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Nevertheless, Smith continued to file documents on the suspended deadlines, prompting Trump to ask Chutkan to hold Smith in contempt for violating the order.

Chutkan clarified that Trump’s counsel did not need to respond to the government’s filings at this time but made clear that her order now intends to bar parties from making additional
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