Trump trial set for March 4, 2024, in federal case charging him with plotting to overturn election
Donald Trump will go on trial in the federal case in Washington on March 4, 2024, Washington Ap reported.
The former president is accused of attempting to rig the outcome of the 2020 election. A defence motion to delay the proceedings by years was denied by the judge on Monday.
According to the news platform, Trump’s attorneys claimed that an April 2026 trial date was required to take into consideration the massive amount of material they claim they are analysing and to get ready for what they claim is a new and unprecedented prosecution, but U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan rejected those assertions.
But she agreed to postpone the trial slightly beyond the January 2024 date proposed by special counsel Jack Smith’s prosecution team.
“The public has a right to a prompt and efficient resolution of this matter,” Chutkan said.
Trump’s attempts to push the case back until well after the 2024 presidential election, a battle in which he’s the early front-runner for the Republican candidate, will suffer if the current date holds up, Washington Ap reported.
The trial would take place in the nation’s capital in March 2024, forcing Trump to juggle his campaign schedule with his court appearances.
It would also take place the day before Super Tuesday, a crucial election day when more than a dozen states will hold primaries and when the most delegates are up for grabs.
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“I want to note here that setting a trial date does not depend and should not depend on the defendant’s personal or professional obligations,” Chutkan said.
Chutkan has so far come off as unconcerned by Trump’s attempts to delay the case, but he has expressed some anxiety over his out-of-court social media posts.
She informed Trump’s legal team last month that there are restrictions on what he can publicly say about material from the inquiry.
She reiterated her intention Monday for Trump to be “treated with no more or less deference than any defendant would be treated.”