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Trump Proposes Trial Date for 2020 Election Case

Lawyers for former President Donald Trump have proposed April 2026 as the date to start the trial in the case involving his efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 election.

According to a 16-page court filing (pdf) on Aug. 17, President Trump’s lawyers rejected special counsel Jack Smith’s proposed date of Jan. 2, 2024, arguing that he “seeks a trial calendar more rapid than most no-document misdemeanors, requesting just four months from the beginning of discovery to jury selection.”

“The government’s objective is clear: to deny President Trump and his counsel a fair ability to prepare for trial. The Court should deny the government’s request,” the lawyers wrote. “The public interest lies in justice and fair trial, not a rush to judgment.”

Mr. Smith’s proposed date is about two weeks before the first-in-the-nation Republican presidential nomination caucus in Iowa. President Trump team’s suggested date would come long after next year’s presidential election.

The decision is up to U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, who is expected to set a trial date during a hearing on Aug. 28.

To support their arguments for a 2026 trial date, President Trump’s lawyers pointed to the “enormous and growing” volume of materials that need to be reviewed, the unusual and complex nature of the case, and the former president’s busy legal calendar for 2024.

“This case is not just complex or unusual. It is terra incognita,” the lawyers wrote. “No president has ever been charged with a crime for conduct committed while in office. No major party presidential candidate has ever been charged while in the middle of a campaign—and certainly not by a Justice Department serving his opponent.

“These and numerous other issues will be questions of first impression, requiring significant time for the parties to consider and brief, and for the Court to resolve.”

‘11.5 Million Pages’

There are over 11.5 million pages of discovery from Mr. Smith’s office, according to the lawyers.

“To put 11.5 million pages in some perspective, we began downloading the government’s initial production on August 13, 2023. Two days later, it was still downloading,” they wrote.

“Nonetheless, even assuming we could begin reviewing the documents today, we would need to proceed at a pace of 99,762 pages per day to finish the government’s initial production by its proposed date for jury selection,” they continued. “That is the entirety of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, cover to cover, 78 times a day, every day, from now until jury selection.”

Aside from the 2020 election case in Washington, President Trump is facing three other cases in three different locations. In New York, the former president is scheduled to go on trial on March 25, 2024, over charges of falsifying business records related to payments made in 2016.

In Florida, President Trump is set to go on trial on May 20, 2024, over his alleged mishandling of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

In Georgia, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has proposed a March 4, 2024, trial date for President Trump and his 18 co-defendants, who were indicted earlier this month in connection with his efforts to dispute the state’s 2020 election results.

“President Trump must prepare for each of these trials in the coming months. All are independently complex and will require substantial work to defend. Several will likely require President Trump’s presence at some or all trial proceedings,” the lawyers wrote.

“Without question, President Trump’s obligation to diligently prepare for this case does not end because of other pending matters,” the lawyers added, “However, the Court may, and should, consider the practical effects these parallel prosecutions will have on President Trump’s ability to meet the extraordinarily brief deadlines the government proposes.”

Separately on Thursday, President Trump canceled an Aug. 21 press event where he had intended to unveil a report reportedly proving election fraud in Georgia, citing the advice of his lawyers.

‘I’m Your Man’

Also Thursday, President Trump took to his Truth Social account to address the question of whether he should take part in the Republican Party’s first primary debate, to be hosted by Fox News on Aug. 23 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

“Many people are asking whether or not I will be doing the DEBATES? ALL AMERICANS have been clamoring for a President of extremely High Intelligence. As everyone is aware, my Poll numbers, over a ‘wonderful’ field of Republican candidates, are extraordinary,” the former president wrote.

“People know my Record, one of the BEST EVER, so why would I Debate? I’M YOUR MAN. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” he added, referring to his popular campaign slogan.

According to the latest poll by JMC Analytics, President Trump leads the GOP field with 52 percent of support, a commanding lead over runner-up Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who picked up 13 percent of support.

Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy finished third with 5 percent of support, followed by former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie with 4.5 percent. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) finished in fifth place with 4.1 percent of support, leading former Vice President Mike Pence by 0.6 percentage points.

The poll was conducted with 1,100 likely Republican primary voters from Aug. 14 to 17.

In a hypothetical two-way matchup, President Trump topped Mr. DeSantis 54 percent to 29 percent. The remaining 17 percent of those polled said they were undecided.

“In summary, former President Trump remains the dominant player in the Republican field, and no one has yet been able to establish himself/herself as a credible alternative as long as Trump is on the ballot,” the poll concluded.

READ 3 COMMENTS
  • 1stAand2ndA says:

    More “African American” niggers.

  • steve says:

    I think more like the 5th of NEVER wary start Date. The SCOTUS MUST END THIS WITCH HUNT.

  • EZ says:

    when finally proven a sham smith should be held liable and personally pay for all man hours to review complete documents and court costs. trying to drain trumps money is the only reason to pull this type of sh!t. 11.5 million pages???? make him read each page out loud in court with explanation of how it is relevant to the case. that alone will have trial date set to after we are all dead.

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