Former president Donald Trump secured a massive victory against Special Counsel Jack Smith following a federal judge’s latest ruling on the January 6 case against the former president.

According to Fox News, Washington, D.C., federal Judge Tanya Chutkan postponed the trial indefinitely on Friday pending Trump’s appeal of the case. Chutkan added that the trial, set to begin on March 4, will not commence until the mandate is returned to the court.

The trial was initially scheduled for March 4, one day before Super Tuesday. Chutkan formally vacated the date after Trump’s legal team filed a motion to dismiss the case.

The former president is currently arguing the case’s dismissal in front of a federal appeal court. Trump’s claims that his actions leading up to the January 6 Capitol protest are protected under the presidential immunity clause. Chuktan noted in December that she does not have jurisdiction over the case while Trump’s motion to dismiss sits before the appeal court.

Jack Smith had initially tried to rush Trump’s appeal by jumping the D.C. Court of Appeals and going straight to the Supreme Court. Several legal scholars, including George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, have argued that Smith’s rush to the Supreme Court is an attempt to keep up with the March 4 date and get a conviction before this year’s election.

“The reason he was so insistent on leapfrogging the D.C. Circuit is that he believes that this could end up endangering the March trial date,” Turley said. “Now, that date, if you remember, was shoehorned by the court just before Super Tuesday. Everything has been frozen since the court looked at this question. So he may indeed lose that March date, and then it’s a real problem. You go right over a cliff because this is a very jammed calendar. So it’s not clear if he could fit a trial between that date and the election. The problem for Jack Smith is that he knows that whatever the D.C. circuit decides, there’s likely to be an appeal. So, he was willing to give up what many people assumed would be a favorable decision in order to maximize a favorable calendar.

However, Smith’s case suffered a crushing blow after the Supreme Court ruled unanimously to send the case back to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.