Federal Judge Sets March 4, 2024 Trial Date for Trump’s Election Interference Case Amid 2024 Presidential Race

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U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan has set a trial date for former President Donald Trump’s election interference case, scheduling it for March 4, 2024. This decision has significant implications for the 2024 presidential race, as it places the trial in the midst of the Republican primaries and a day before Super Tuesday. During a recent hearing, Chutkan heard arguments from Trump’s legal team and federal prosecutors regarding the trial date. The special counsel proposed starting the trial in January, with jury selection in December, while Trump’s team wanted it postponed until April 2026, after the presidential election. Chutkan deemed both proposals unacceptable and insisted that Trump prioritize the trial. She emphasized the public’s interest in a fair and timely administration of justice.

Trump’s lawyers argued that a trial in 2023 would infringe on his rights, given the extensive volume of discovery materials provided by prosecutors. Chutkan dismissed this, stating that the case wouldn’t wait until 2026. She noted that Trump’s team had adequate time to prepare, as the existence of the grand jury investigating him has been public knowledge since September 2022. Trump faces four charges stemming from a federal grand jury indictment, and he pleaded not guilty during an arraignment in August.

Trump is also facing other legal challenges in New York, Georgia, and Florida. The New York trial is set to begin in March, and the Florida trial in May, while the Georgia case’s trial proceedings have not yet been scheduled. Chutkan previously warned Trump against intimidating witnesses in this case, emphasizing that his First Amendment right to free speech is not absolute.

Original Article – Federal judge sets Trump trial date in election interference case (nbcnews.com)

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