Former President Donald Trump’s bid to stop some of his top aides from testifying in a federal criminal investigation related to the aftermath of the 2020 election has been shot down by a federal court.
POLITICO reporter Kyle Cheney broke the news in a tweet saying, "A federal appeals court panel has rejected Trump’s bid to block top aides from testifying to special counsel Jack Smith’s Jan. 6 investigation. Several close Trump advisers are the subject of this order, which was part of a rushed series of overnight filings."
This is a big defeat for Donald Trump who is already fighting a war on multiple fronts as he battles against a 34-count indictment in Manhattan along with a litany of other legal issues and investigations.
With this decision, figures from former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to Trump's advisers like Stephen Miller and Dan Scavino will all be called on to testify.
Donald Trump may be more popular than ever but that hasn't helped ease the onslaught of legal attacks that he has been enduring since he stepped into the political world all those years ago.
Trump's former aides and advisors must now answer to a grand jury investigating alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. Trump's cries of foul play have been used by his enemies as ammunition that he attempted to subvert the nation.
Trump's legal strategy has been one of attrition as his legal team has made liberal use of delay orders and appeals to grind out Trump's enemies.
Unfortunately, those individuals seeking to take Trump down have the backing of the entire Department of Justice as well as the Biden administration which is eager to see Trump taken down for good.
So it isn't without merit to guess that Trump's legal strategy may not save him from the machine. Democrats are determined that Trump never enters the 2024 presidential race and the justice system is their weapon of choice to accomplish that.
Democrats know that Trump has a strong chance of beating President Joe Biden in 2024 and they are willing to deny voters ever getting the choice by any means necessary.
Trump is dominating the Republican field currently with his closest rival, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, regularly falling about 10 points behind. The other Republicans are hardly even considered contenders barring major changes over the next year.
Based on how the legal attacks are increasing in intensity, it seems Democrats and their allies in the federal government would rather take their chances running Joe Biden against Ron DeSantis.
It remains to be seen if Trump is in any genuine legal danger as, so far, the numerous legal cases against him have resulted in nothing of note.