Donald Trump is expected to go to trial in March 2024 for accusations that he attempted to overturn the 2020 presidential election after he was defeated by current President Joe Biden.
The trial date, March 4, is set just one day before Republican voters in some U.S. states will vote on “Super Tuesday” to decide on presidential nominations.
Current opinion polls show Trump leading among GOP presidential candidates.
U.S. Judge Tanya Chutkan has decided that Trump will have to go to trial in at least three separate criminal cases in the midst of campaigning for the Republican party presidential nomination.
“Mr. Trump will have to make the trial date work, regardless of his schedule," Chutkan said, Reuters reports.
Trump has said he will appeal the decision on the trial dates. His lawyers had argued for April 2026 as the trial date.
“This man’s liberty and life is at stake, and he deserves an adequate representation,” Trump’s lawyer John Lauro said.
Trump is also a defendant in three other civil trials expected to take place in the next few months.
For his other March 2024 trial, Trump faces charges of concealing a hush money payment to a porn star.
In his May 2024 trial in federal court in Florida, Trump faces charges for illegally retaining classified records after he left the office of president and trying to obstruct justice.
Another criminal case trial date is pending in Georgia for Trump. There, he faces felony racketeering charges.
Trump has said he is not guilty in all of the cases except the one in Georgia. There, he is expected to enter into a plea.
Trump did not attend the hearing this week that set the 2024 trial dates. He did, however, make a public statement about the case online.
"IF YOU GO AFTER ME, I'M COMING AFTER YOU,” Trump posted last week on social media.
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.