MSNBC host Jen Psaki displayed noticeable concern when prominent legal analyst Neal Katyal expressed his anxiety, referring to it as a “freakout mode,” regarding the trial of former President Donald Trump for events related to January 6.
Katyal voiced his worries about the delay in his federal case on charges related to the 2020 election due to the consideration of Trump’s immunity claims during an interview on MSNBC’s “Inside with Jen Psaki.”
Psaki asked: “As much as we’re all impatient, and as much as it’s not aligned with the timing. Give us a sense of what else could be going on behind the scenes here in your assessment. And if this is not gonna move forward soon, as I mean, in the coming weeks, could the federal election trial start in June or July and still be concluded before the election?”
“It could. I mean, my view is that actually, the normal schedule for an appeal of this magnitude, with these types of public interest at stake, would have been that this case would have been decided by now. So I understand, like an ordinary garden variety DC circuit appeal,” Kaytal said.
“It takes longer, I think, an average disposition time of about six months. But in the case of this gravity, it should be moving more quickly. Take, for example, when the Court of Appeals in the South reversed — Judge Cannon’s decision last year to protect Donald Trump. It took them, I think, nine days. And so, to use your phrase, Jen, at the beginning of this show, I am officially now at the freakout stage. I resisted that for a long time, but we are now at the point,” he added.
Psaki jumped in and said: “You don’t typically freak out, so that’s important!”
“Judge Chutkan set a fast schedule here. And I have no idea what the Court of Appeals is doing right now. But I can tell you that I’m really worried that this delay is going to put the trial past June. It’s possible that Trump will try and go to the Supreme Court after he loses on the Court of Appeals. That can take months. This is a real problem,” he continued.
.@neal_katyal: "I am officially at the freak out stage…I can't imagine a more compelling need for speed than the idea that U.S. citizens deserve to know before the election whether a candidate is a felon & an insurrectionist."@AWeissmann_ : "Neal & I are in violent agreement" pic.twitter.com/8WaqGwX1p1
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