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The judge determines Trump’s date: 2024 or 2026?

The judge determines Trump’s date: 2024 or 2026?

It relates to perhaps the most serious criminal case now pending against the former president: the federal indictment that he attempted to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

Attorney General Jack Smith wants the trial to begin in Washington, D.C., on January 2 of next year. So, there are only four months left from now, with the start of the primaries season for the next presidential election – in which Trump is one of the public’s favourites.

He wants to have time

Trump’s lawyer has a very different line. And they said that because the case required review of 11.5 million pages of documents, they wouldn’t be ready for trial until April 2026 — in other words, more than a year after the incoming president’s inauguration in the White House.

Today, Monday, Judge Tanya Chutkan called a meeting, the so-called case conference. According to US media, it is expected to indicate at least a preliminary date for the start of the trial.

According to speculation, you should lean towards a speed date, as the risk of influencing witnesses and jurors increases with time.

In addition to the elections

Either way, Trump will not shy away from spending days in court during next year’s election campaign. In a separate case, Jack Smith was accused of improper and dangerous handling of classified documents at the former president’s Florida home, Mar-a-Lago. This case is scheduled to go to court on May 20, 2024.

The other two criminal cases against Trump are not at the federal level, but rather at the state level, in Georgia and New York, respectively. They are expected to go to trial next year.

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The presidential elections are scheduled for November 5, 2024.