One day before Super Tuesday primary day……
The Federal Government’s Justice Dept. gets THEIR choice of a early trial against Trump trying to stall things…..
The federal criminal trial of Donald Trump on charges he sought to subvert the result of the 2020 presidential election will begin March 4, 2024, the day before the Super Tuesday primary, a federal judge ruled Monday.
US District Judge Tanya Chutkan made the ruling after a contentious hearing Monday in Washington, DC.
Special counsel Jack Smith had proposed a January 2024 start dateand Trump sought to begin the trial two years later, in April 2026.
Smith’s team told Chutkan in a filing earlier this month that the trial should begin on January 2, 2024. They said their presentation of evidence in the trial would take “no longer than four to six weeks,” meaning that Trump may need to spend his weekdays in court before a jury in the crucial first two months of a presidential election year, as primary voting begins for Republicans.
Attorneys for the former president forcefully pushed back shortly thereafter, urging the judge to reject Smith’s proposal and saying the prosecutor sought an unusually “rapid” trial schedule….
In the Georgia case, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis last week suggested an October 23, 2023, trial date, something Trump’s team also said they oppose.
Smith said in a filing to Chutkan last week that Trump was overplaying concerns about scheduling conflicts among his various criminal cases. His office offered to start jury selection a little later in December to accommodate for a hearing scheduling in the classified documents case in Florida.
Smith’s team also said Trump’s attorneys exaggerated when they wrote in their filing that the millions of pages of the discovery materials prosecutors gave to the defense warranted the protracted trial schedule…..
The Manhattan DA’s criminal trial date is supposed to be March 25…..
US District Judge Tanya Chutkan had consulted the NY State judge in that case….