President Trump Seeks to Delay Federal Trial in D.C. Until 2026
Former President Donald Trump is requesting to delay the start of his federal trial in Washington, D.C., related to his alleged attempts to ...
Former President Donald Trump Requests Delay in Federal Trial
Former President Donald Trump is requesting to delay the start of his federal trial in Washington, D.C., related to his alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. His legal team is seeking a start date in April 2026, while the Special Counsel's team is requesting jury selection to begin in December 2022 and the trial to start in January 2024. The trial is being overseen by U.S. District Judge Tonya Chutkan.
Importance of Speedy Trial Highlighted by Special Counsel's Team
Senior assistant special counsel Molly Gaston has filed a document requesting a January start date for the trial of a former president who is charged with conspiring to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. In the filing, Gaston argues that a speedy trial is of great importance due to the defendant's alleged actions of obstructing the certification of the election results and discounting citizens' legitimate votes. The requested start date is said to be in line with the public's strong interest in a swift resolution of the case, as guaranteed by the Constitution and federal law.
Trump's Legal Team Seeks April 2026 Trial Date
Former President Donald Trump's legal team has requested that his impeachment trial be delayed until April 2026. They estimate that it will take them 4-6 weeks to present their defense, which is the same estimate as the prosecution. This would result in a roughly 14-week trial, including jury selection.
Multiple Charges Filed Against Trump
According to a tweet by Kyle Cheney, former President Donald Trump has been indicted on multiple charges including conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights. The indictment was filed at the beginning of the month.
Indictment Alleges Spreading False Claims About Election Fraud
The defendant, who lost the election, has been indicted for spreading false claims about election fraud in order to remain in power. The indictment states that for over two months after the November 3, 2020 election, the defendant knowingly spread lies about outcome-determinative fraud and falsely claimed that he had won the election. The defendant's intention was to make these false claims seem legitimate, create a national atmosphere of mistrust and anger, and undermine public confidence in the election process.
Charges Based on Specific Actions, Not Just Rhetoric
According to the indictment, former President Donald Trump is said to have had the legal right to make false claims about the 2020 election and to challenge its results. However, the charges brought against him are not solely based on these false claims and challenges made in court. The indictment alleges that Trump's actions went beyond mere rhetoric and involved specific actions that are being examined.