US Former president, Donald Trump has been handed a defeat in court but one that comes with a generous helping of victory.
An appeals court ruled that Mr Trump is not immune from criminal prosecution for acts committed while he was president.
The time it took to issue that decision, however, has indefinitely delayed Mr Trump’s federal trial related to the 6 January 2021 attack on the US Capitol.
So while Mr Trump did not successfully assert sweeping new presidential powers to act with impunity while in office, the tentative 4 March start date in Washington DC has been removed from the federal court’s calendar.
According to a former federal prosecutor, this is in keeping with the former president’s strategy of throwing sand in the gears of the judicial process whenever possible.
If delay is the goal, Mr Trump’s legal team may request that the full 11-judge DC Circuit Court of Appeals review and reconsider the case.
However, the appeals court has given the Trump legal team until 12 February to prepare its Supreme Court request.