Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg reportedly asked Judge Juan Marchan to hold the trial of former President Donald Trump in January 2024, which happens to be the middle of the presidential primary season.
Fox News reporter Jake Gibson, who was in the courtroom, said that prosecutors had asked for the January 2024 trial date. The Iowa caucuses — the first contest in the Republican primary — will be on February 5, 2024.
That means prosecutors want a trial that would undoubtedly affect the race for the Republican nomination, both by distracting the current frontrunner, and by tarnishing him relative to other candidates in the race.
The requested date would also deprive Republican voters of the opportunity to choose another candidate, in the event that Trump was found guilty. It would force them to vote while the outcome of the trial is still in question.
In 2020, Trump was forced to campaign for reelection during his impeachment trial, which was brought by Democrats, and which was ultimately unsuccessful. The trial also forced several Democratic candidates — with the notable exception of Joe Biden, who did not hold elected office — to attend the trial in the Senate instead of campaigning in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Trump’s defense attorneys want “as much time as they could get,” Gibson said. However, it is likely Trump would prefer an earlier trial date if the case continues, so that it is out of the way ahead of the presidential race.
Fox News reported that Judge Marchan ruled that Trump will have to make a court appearance on December 4 — during the heat of the primary debate season, which is expected to begin in the late summer of 2023.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the new biography, Rhoda: ‘Comrade Kadalie, You Are Out of Order’. He is also the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.
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