Judge sets March 4 trial date for Trump in election interference case

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A United States federal judge has picked March 4, 2024, as the trial date for President Trump’s legal proceedings concerning charges of election interference.

President Trump at a Whitehouse press briefing during his time as president/Source Getty Images
President Trump at a Whitehouse press briefing during his time as president/Source Getty Images

Judge Tanya Chutkan of the US District Court, during a hearing in Washington, stated, “The establishment of a trial date is not contingent on the defendant’s professional commitments; therefore, Mr. Trump will need to accommodate the chosen date.”

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan. Credit: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM
U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan. Credit: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

-What Trump wanted-

The court date is positioned two years ahead of the defence team’s proposal.

Circumstantially, the date coincides with the eve of “Super Tuesday.”

Republican presidential candidates take the stage before the debate on August 23, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Morry Gash/AP
Republican presidential candidates take the stage before the debate on August 23, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Morry Gash/AP

Super Tuesday is a day on which over a dozen states will make their selections between Trump and his competitors for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

This decision potentially threatens Trump’s ambitions of reclaiming the presidency.

Trump fellow contenders: Ron Desantis, Nikki Haley, Mike Pnece and Tim Scott for GOP Presidential nomination ticket Creator: Charlie Neibergall, Meg Kinnard | Credit: AP Copyright: Copyright 2023 The Associated Press.
Trump fellow contenders: Ron Desantis, Nikki Haley, Mike Pnece and Tim Scott for GOP Presidential nomination ticket Creator: Charlie Neibergall, Meg Kinnard | Credit: AP Copyright: Copyright 2023 The Associated Press.

Trump expressed his displeasure on his social media platform Truth Social.

He branded the lead prosecutor Jack Smith as “unhinged” and registering objections against “election interference.”

Special Counsel Jack Smith and former President Donald Trump. Source Getty Images
Special Counsel Jack Smith and former President Donald Trump. Source Getty Images

He wrote, “Today, a prejudiced, Trump-disapproving Judge granted me a mere two-month extension, precisely what our corrupted government desired, SUPER TUESDAY. I will FILE AN APPEAL!”

Ironically, despite his comments of appeal, trial dates are generally not subject to appeal.

-What the Prosecution said-

Prosecutor Molly Gaston underlined that Trump was confronting “historic offenses” and highlighted the “exceptional public interest” in expediting the trial.

Just in 2023 alone, the 77-year-old Trump has been indicted on four criminal counts alone.

Just in 2023 alone, the 77-year-old Trump has been indicted on four criminal counts alone. Source: The Newyork Times
Just in 2023 alone, the 77-year-old Trump has been indicted on four criminal counts alone. Source: The Newyork Times

Of the four, two are by Smith and once each by state prosecutors in New York and Georgia.

Nevertheless, the case before Judge Chutkan might represent the gravest legal peril for Trump.

President Donald Trump speaks on tax reform during a meeting in the Oval Office on December 5, 2017. (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump speaks on tax reform during a meeting in the Oval Office on December 5, 2017. (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

This is particularly because it comes off as the inaugural proceeding in a tightly packed legal showdown for the former president.

During a court appearance in early August, Trump entered a plea of not guilty to the charges.

However, he was not obligated to attend the procedural hearings.

-What Trump’s lawyer said-

Lauro suggested “an appeal for a spectacle trial, not a prompt trial.” Lauro regarded the concept of having only four months for preparation as “illogical and preposterous.”

Former U.S. President Donald Trump sits between his attorneys Todd Blanche and John Lauro as he faces charges before Magistrate Judge Moxila A. Upadhyaya that he orchestrated a plot to try to overturn his 2020 election loss, at federal court in Washington, U.S. August 3, 2023, in a courtroom sketch. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg
Former U.S. President Donald Trump sits between his attorneys Todd Blanche and John Lauro as he faces charges before Magistrate Judge Moxila A. Upadhyaya that he orchestrated a plot to try to overturn his 2020 election loss, at federal court in Washington, U.S. August 3, 2023, in a courtroom sketch. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg

However Lauro stated “We will unquestionably adhere to Your Honor’s ruling, as required,” he conveyed to Chutkan following her pronouncement.

Nonetheless, Lauro appended, “The trial date will deny President Trump the opportunity to receive effective legal counsel.” to mount his defence.

John Lauro, one of Donald Trump’s defense attorneys, speaks out on TODAY about the new indictment on four charges by a federal grand jury against the former president in the 2020 election./ Source: The Today Show
John Lauro, one of Donald Trump’s defense attorneys, speaks out on TODAY about the new indictment on four charges by a federal grand jury against the former president in the 2020 election./ Source: The Today Show

-Can Trump be President again?-

Veteran political strategist Whit Ayres noted that if Trump currently holds a substantial lead in the 2024 Republican field.

If acquitted in his initial trial, he would likely secure the party’s nomination for the presidential race.

Veteran political strategist Whit Ayres noted that if Trump currently holds a substantial lead in the 2024
Veteran political strategist Whit Ayres noted that if Trump currently holds a substantial lead in the 2024

“I see no viable means to impede him,” he remarked in an online interview.

“However, if he is found guilty of a serious felony charge, the public response remains uncertain, as we have not encountered anything remotely comparable,” added Ayres.

-No nonsense Judge on Trump’s case-

Judge Chutkan, aged 61 was appointed by former Democratic President Barack Obama.

She has issued some of the sternest sentences to individuals involved in the assault on the US Capitol.

U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan/ Source Politico
U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan/ Source Politico

Trump has accused her of displaying “strongly biased” and “highly partisan” tendencies.

Coincidentally, Chutkan and Trump also share a legal history. Chutkan ruled against him in a November 2021 case.

She notably asserted in her ruling that “presidents are not monarchs.

U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan asserted in her ruling that "presidents are not monarchs.
U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan asserted in her ruling that “presidents are not monarchs.

With steam picking up on Trump’s legal battles and the Republican Presidential nomination, it is anyone’s guess on what the outcome will be as the American elections draw close.

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