On Thursday, special counsel Jack Smith reportedly proposed a January 2 trial date for Donald Trump on charges that he attempted to steal the 2020 election, a timetable that the former president’s attorneys are likely to attempt to delay.
The trial’s timetable will ultimately be determined by U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, although Smith would want it to begin fewer than two weeks before the January 15 Iowa caucuses and the start of the 2024 Republican presidential primary.
Smith predicted in his petition that the actual trial would go four to six weeks before getting to a jury.
The suggested timetable calls for the jury selection phase of Trump’s election trial to start on December 11.
The Jan. 2 idea was condemned by the Trump campaign.
During the 2024 election year, Trump is considering at least three criminal cases.
The case against Trump concerning hush money payments will be heard in court in March, according to a state court in New York.
On the basis of allegations that Trump obstructed justice by concealing secret information, a federal judge in Florida has also scheduled a separate trial for May.
If Smith’s motion is granted, Trump’s trial could conclude before votes in the largest and most significant contests in the Republican primary.
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