August 29, 2023
U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan for the District of Columbia has scheduled Donald Trump’s trial on charges of attempting to overturn the 2020 presidential election for March 4, 2024, reports The Washington Post.
Indeed, Chutkan wasted no time in addressing the dueling requests from the prosecution and the defense for the D.C. trial to start in January 2, 2024 (the date requested by Special Counsel Jack Smith’s team)—or April 2026, (the date put forward by Trump’s team, which would fall long after the next presidential election). “Neither of them is acceptable,” she said.
“I take seriously the defense’s request that Mr. Trump be treated like any other defendant appearing before this court, and I intend to do so,” Chutkan said at the hearing, held on Monday morning, August 28.
The March 4, 2024, date now set for the start of former president Donald Trump’s D.C. federal trial is one day before the Super Tuesday primaries. Trump is the leading candidate for the GOP presidential nomination.
While Trump is the only person indicted in the D.C. case thus far, his indictment alleges he enlisted six unnamed conspirators in his efforts to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory and hang on to power.
Trump is the first former U.S. president to face criminal charges. He has been indicted in four cases—all, while leading the Republican field in the 2024 presidential nomination race. He has denied wrongdoing in each case.
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