Trump DC Trial Schedule Changes
The J6 case against former President Donald Trump has faced yet another setback as his trial date has been dropped from the Washington, DC federal court’s public calendar. The case, brought by special counsel Jack Smith and presided over by Judge Tanya Chutkan, currently has motions pending that are on appeal.
The trial, which was originally scheduled for March 4th, has been delayed due to a motion brought by Trump’s attorneys claiming presidential immunity from the charges. Trump was accused of plotting to overturn the results of the 2020 election by his former appointees. Despite Judge Chutkan denying this motion, Trump brought it to the Supreme Court, who declined to rule on the matter, leaving it for the lower court to decide. This has caused a delay in the trial that Smith was pushing to move through the court system quickly.
In response to the delay, Judge Chutkan has suspended the trial deadlines until the motion brought by Trump is resolved. This could potentially delay the trial for several months, giving Trump’s legal team more time to build their case and potentially impacting the outcome of the trial.
The delay in the trial has become a point of contention for both sides, with the Department of Justice accusing Trump of inciting the J6 riot while he was in office. Trump’s legal team has argued that he is protected by presidential immunity and should not be subject to criminal prosecution for actions he took while he was still president. However, the Department of Justice stands firm in their belief that Trump should be held accountable for his alleged actions.
This delay is not the only legal hurdle Trump is facing. In Georgia, he is currently being investigated for possible RICO charges by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. However, her investigation was recently brought into question when it was revealed that she had hired a man to work on the prosecutorial team with whom she was having an affair. The case has also faced delays due to one of the 18 codefendants, Michael Roman, subpoenaing Willis.
Meanwhile, in a federal court in Florida, Trump is facing charges of illegally holding on to classified documents after leaving office. However, this case has also been stalled as the Biden administration figures out how to handle the documents in question. Trump has argued that, under the Presidential Records Act, he has the right to designate which documents he can retain for his personal use.
Judge Chutkan has also acknowledged that Trump’s March trial date is off and has scheduled a new trial date for April 2nd. It is unclear at this time when the trial will actually begin, as Chutkan is still dealing with other cases in her courtroom. However, she has stated that she does not believe she will be in trial during the month of March.
Overall, the dropping of Trump’s trial from the public calendar is a significant development in the J6 case. It remains to be seen how the appeals court will rule on the motion for presidential immunity and when the new trial date will be set. In the meantime, Trump’s legal team will continue to build their case, while the Department of Justice stands firm in their belief that Trump should be held accountable for his alleged actions. This trial will be a crucial moment in American history, as the nation looks to hold its leaders accountable for any wrongdoing they may have committed while in office.