The former US president’s team donald trump affirmed this Monday that the date chosen by the judge to begin the trial against him for trying to annul the 2020 election deprives you of the right to have a fair process.
“Today’s date deprives President Trump of his constitutional right to a fair trial, a fundamental principle of America, and continues to expose the corruption and witch hunt that is being launched.”A spokesman for the former president said in a statement.
the american judge Tanya S. Chutkanwhich will judge the case that culminated in the assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021informed this Monday that the chosen date is March 4one day before super tuesday.
This date is the closest thing there is in USA to one national primarysince more than a dozen states, both republicans as democratswill simultaneously hold internal processes to choose their candidates.
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In a message through his social network TruthSocialTrump reported that he is going to appeal the judge’s decision and again insisted that the Joe Biden government is carrying out a “witch hunt” against him.
With his decision, Chutkan dismissed the wish of the special prosecutor, Jack Smiththat the trial began in January 2024, on a date close to the anniversary of the assault on the Capitol
Also the interest of the defense of the ex-president to postpone the process until after the upcoming presidential electionswhich will be held in November 2024 and in which Trump he is still the favorite Republican candidate. They had requested that the trial begin in April 2026.
In her speech on Monday, the judge stated that she was not going to allow the political agenda of Trump —which has four open criminal proceedings— will dictate the trial schedule.
“If this case involved a professional athlete, for example, it would be inappropriate to set a trial date based on her game schedule.”said Chutkan, who assured that the schedule proposed by Trump went far beyond what was necessary to prepare the case.
The former president is charged in Washington D.C. four counts: conspiracy to defraud USAconspiracy to obstruct a proceeding officer, obstruction and attempt to obstruct an official procedure and conspiracy against rights.
For the first of these charges, you could be sentenced to a maximum of five years in jailfor the second and third twenty years in prisonrespectively, and for the fourth, ten years.
The announcement of this Monday came a few minutes after it was known that the arraignment against the former president and another 18 defendants in Georgia for trying to reverse the results of the 2020 election in that state it will take place on September 6.
Trump has pleaded not guilty in the three other criminal cases in which he is also charged: for irregular payments to the actress stormy daniels to silence their relationship in the past during the 2016 campaign, for illegally taking from the White House classified papers upon abandoning power and for the assault on the Capitol.
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The former president went to Georgia last Thursday for them to sign him up and do the mug shot. He was in the Fulton County Jail for just 20 minutes and was released on $200,000 bail.
The prosecutor in charge of the case, the Democrat fanny willisHe proposed that same day to the court that the trial start on October 23 and not on March 4 of next year, as he had originally proposed.
The beginning of the process against Trump for irregular payments to the actress stormy daniels is set for March 25, 2024 in NY.
Meanwhile, the trial Florida by the classified papers is scheduled for the May 20, 2024when there will be just over six months left for the presidential elections.
(With information from EFE)