US prosecutors asked a federal judge on Thursday to begin the trial of former President Donald Trump on January 2, 2024, just two weeks before the Republican primary in which Trump is the leader. The trial is about his attempt to stay in power and reverse the real outcome of the 2020 presidential election, which was won by Joe Biden.
As reported by the Reuters agency, the office of the special prosecutor USA Jack Smith asked the court on Thursday to start a trial Donald Trump On January 2, 2024, partly due to public interest in the former president’s quick trial.
The statement noted that this interest is “particularly significant as the former president is accused of conspiring to overturn the elections presidential elections in 2020 and hindering its certification.
Prosecutors also predicted that it would take about four to six weeks for most of the charges against Trump to be presented at trial.
Trump’s spokesman said Smith and the Department of Justice were “blatantly playing a political game,” claiming that the rush to the trial was due to Trump being the favorite in the upcoming presidential election.
Donald Trump himself stated on his social network Truth Social that any trial concerning him should take place after the 2024 elections. Then, if he became president of the United States again, he could pardon himself.
“Such a process should take place, if at all, AFTER THE ELECTION,” Trump wrote in a post published Thursday.
If the January trial date is approved, it will mean that Donald Trump will face trial three times in the first half of 2024 – in March in a court in New York for paying porn star Stormy Daniels money to keep silent about alleged sexual contacts and in May in Florida over his holding of secret government documents after he left office.
2020 Election Trial
Trump was formally detained and indicted in a Washington court in early August on allegations that he was trying to stay in power and reverse the actual election result. The investigators of the special team of independent prosecutor Jack Smith accused him of being aware that his thesis about electoral fraud was untrue, on the basis of which he tried to invalidate the actual result and lead to his victory.
The former president was charged with four charges, including colluding to prevent the approval of election results and depriving citizens of their rights. The heaviest of them are punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Despite allegations made against him by federal and state authorities in three separate cases, Donald Trump is a clear leader polls before the Republican primaries, which will determine the party’s candidate in the presidential election in November 2024. According to a New York Times poll published in August, 43 percent of voters want to vote for him in the election – as much as for the incumbent president Joe Biden.
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