Trump’s courtroom schedule intersects with 2024 campaigning

by Hailey Gomez

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Former President Trump was charged with a fourth indictment late Monday night by a Georgia grand jury, accusing him and 18 allies of attempting to overturn the 2020 elections.

As the predicted timeline of the courtroom dates has been released for the upcoming year, it appears it will interfere with Trump’s 2024 campaign schedule.  

The Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis released the 98-page indictment, outlining 41 criminal counts and listing 18 other defendants along with Trump. All were charged with racketeering, a type of organized crime, which could have them face up to 20 years in prison. 

“Trump and the other Defendants charged in this Indictment refused to accept that Trump lost, and they knowingly and willfully joined a conspiracy to unlawfully change the outcome of the election in favor of Trump. That conspiracy contained a common plan and purpose to commit two or more acts of racketeering activity in Fulton County, Georgia, elsewhere in the State of Georgia, and in other states,” the indictment stated

With four current indictments, the timeline has now become clear that these upcoming trials will be notably during the primary election cycle, along with interfering with some major election events. Trump is predicted to be scheduled for trial, beginning from January all the way through March.

Jack Smith, the special counsel overseeing the Jan. 6 case, has proposed Jan. 2, 2024, as a beginning date for the case. Willis, the Georgia prosecutor, alluded on Monday that she will be seeking a trial start no later than mid-February 2024.

While Judge Aileen M. Cannon, who is presiding over the federal classified documents case, and Justice Juan M. Merchan, who is presiding over the hush-money payments case, have already set their trial dates for March 25 and May 20 of next year.  

These dates come before major events during the primary election season, like the Iowa caucuses, Super Tuesday, and the Republican National Convention.

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