(NationRise.com) – US prosecutors recently asked a federal judge to start former President Donald Trump’s trial on charges of attempting to invalidate the 2020 presidential election on January 2, 2024. The date they’re asking would have Trump’s trial underway two weeks before the GOP presidential primary has its first votes cast, in a race where the former commander-in-chief is the front-runner.
In a court filing, the office of US Special Counsel Jack Smith formally asked a judge to start the trial on January 2 because of the public’s interest in a fast trial. The office said that interest is significant as the defender is a former president charged with conspiring to invalidate the election results, as well as obstructing their certification and discounting “legitimate votes.” It also noted that it would take four to six weeks to present the bulk of the prosecutor’s case against the Republican leader.
Responding to this request, a Trump spokesperson said that the US Department of Justice and the special counsel were playing “political games.” The spokesperson added this was a “political” move whose primary goal is to affect Trump’s “status” as the front-runner in the GOP primary election.
Trump said any trial should occur after the 2024 presidential elections on his Truth Social account. Reports said many legal experts believe this would also be problematic as the date would potentially give Trump a chance to end his prosecution if he becomes president again.
On August 3, the former commander-in-chief pleaded not guilty to the charges over the alleged conspiracy to invalidate the election results. Smith’s office said it’s preparing to turn over to the Republican leader most of the evidence it intends to use at trial. It also said this would take place by the end of August.
Prosecutors also noted there’s a “minimal” amount of top-secret information involved in the election case. They asked US District Judge Tanya Chutkan to address that issue at an August 28 hearing.
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