Fani Willis, the Fulton County district attorney, proposed that her case against Donald Trump be tried on March 4. The 4th of March is also the day before Super Tuesday when 15 states have their primaries. However, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has thrown cold water on that idea.
Of course, Obama-appointed U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan went ahead and scheduled a start date for Trump’s federal charges (for his alleged crimes between the 2020 election and January 6, 2021) for the exact same day.
Coincidence? Please don’t make me laugh.
Judge Chutkan said during the hearing that “setting a trial date is not dependent and should not be dependent on the defendant’s professional and personal obligations.” “Mr. Trump, just like any other defendant, must make sure that the trial date works for him, regardless of his schedule.”
Chutkan rejected the dates proposed by both the defense as well as the prosecution. Jack Smith, the Special Counsel for the case, wanted to begin on Jan. 2, 2020. Trump’s attorneys proposed pushing back the trial to 2026. Chutkan said to the defense, “You won’t get two more years.” This case will not be tried in 2026.
A report by Politico states that there are a large number of documents pertaining to this case.
The majority of the hearing on Monday in Chutkan’s courtroom was devoted to the sheer amount of evidence that prosecutors had handed to Trump’s defense team for preparation of the trial. This included 12.8 million pages of files gathered from interviews with grand juries, the National Archives, and the evidence of the House Select Committee of Jan. 6, as well as Trump’s campaign and PACs.
The team of Jack Smith, a special counsel, said that they had provided this information in five separate batches to Trump over the past few weeks. They claimed to have taken extraordinary measures to organize, digitize, and annotate the evidence in order to facilitate Trump’s preparation for trial.
John Lauro argues, therefore, that a timeline of six months is not enough for an adequate defense and that the legal team will “not be able” to provide adequate representation based on this timeframe. Chutkan (who was, remember, appointed by Barack Obama), couldn’t care less. She said that the “objection” is “noted for the record”, but would not consider a modified timeline.
Politico reports that Lauro was “heated” at times and insisted it would be impossible for her to be prepared without years of preparation. There are also more than 250 witnesses from the government, in addition to 12.8 million pages. He said, “This is a huge and overwhelming task.”
Joe Biden said he would use government power to prevent Donald Trump from being elected president again. Trump said that these cases were election interference. Biden hired a left-wing prosecutor who fabricated a weak case. Now, an Obama-appointed court has set a ridiculous deadline that interferes not only with the 2024 elections but also puts Trump’s legal staff at a tactical disadvantage.
Are you still in need of proof that Trump is trying to sabotage his efforts to win the White House back?