The Trump Docket: Jan. 6 rioters prepare for pardons while former president’s case lingers before Supreme Court

An Appeal To Heaven flag, center left, is pictured as people attend a rally in Washington, Jan. 6, 2021, in support of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

An Appeal To Heaven flag, center left, is pictured as people attend a rally in Washington, Jan. 6, 2021, in support of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

The Supreme Court had no gift to give Donald Trump on Friday, his 78th birthday, and though recess for the current term is near, the justices are still silent on the question of whether the former president — barreling toward the 2024 election as the GOP’s nominee and front-runner despite 34 felony convictions — can claim “absolute” immunity from prosecution around his conduct on Jan. 6, 2021.

The week also came and went without the court answering an arguably equally important and inextricably linked question in Fischer v. United States, a decision that could upend the status of hundreds of convictions for Jan. 6 rioters and potentially wipe out two of the four criminal charges Special Counsel Jack Smith brought against Trump in the Washington, D.C.-based election subversion case.

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