U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan has scheduled the trial date for March 4, 2024. in the federal elections case against former President Donald Trump.
There was a request from the defense to delay the trial until April 2026, which would have been about a year and a half after the 2024 presidential election. This request was denied by the judge.
However, the trial date of March 4, is later than the January date proposed by special counsel Jack Smith’s team.
“The public has a right to prompt and efficient resolution of this matter,” she said, accordign to the AP.
The trial date of March 4, 2024, falls right in the middle of the Republican presidential nominating calendar and the day prior to Super Tuesday.
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This timing could have significant implications for the political landscape. With the trial potentially involving the former president, media attention could be drawn away from the ongoing presidential race.
Trump announced on July 18 that he received a letter from special counsel Jack Smith notifying him he was the target of a Jan. 6 riot investigation and the 2020 election.
The sweeping indictment charges Trump with four counts: conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of an attempt to obstruct an official proceeding on Jan 6, and conspiracy against rights.
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