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Even while the exact date of the former president’s trial is still very much up in the air, the judge overseeing his criminal prosecution in Washington, D.C., admitted on Monday that it may go far into 2024.

If Trump’s trial is not yet begun, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan informed the lawyers representing another criminal case that she planned to leave the nation in early August.

Out of around 1,200 criminal cases resulting from the assault on the Capitol on January 6, Chutkan stated, “I hope not to be in the country on August 5,” during a presentation that was barely attended. This is because “I’m in trial in another matter that has not yet returned to my calendar,” Chutkan explained, so if she is in the United States, that will be her reason.

In making his remark, Chutkan obviously alludes to the Trump case, which has been pending since December as a federal appeals court decides whether the president may be considered “immune” from allegations pertaining to his actions while in office.

It was Chutkan’s initial public admission that Trump’s trial, which is being held on accusations pertaining to his attempt to undermine the 2020 election, may continue beyond the Republican National Convention and the GOP nominating battle, which are set to take place from July 15th to the 18th. For the second week running, the judge chosen by Obama has stressed that the schedule is mainly outside her control.

Officially cancelling Trump’s original trial date of March 4, Chutkan said on Friday that she would reschedule the trial “if and when” higher courts address the immunity problem and authorise her to continue with the case. She mentioned back then that the case’s unpredictability meant her schedule for mid-April and beyond was still up in the air.

It appears that she is now thinking about the future. Interestingly, Scott McAfee, the judge in charge of the case, is still considering a request by Georgia prosecutors to try Trump in August for a separate criminal case involving the 2020 race.

Chutkan has maintained time and time again that the political schedule of Trump will not influence her choices. Based on baseless allegations of fraud, Trump allegedly conspired to disenfranchise millions of voters by forcing federal and state officials to overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory. She turned down Trump’s request to set the date for 2026 and instead characterised the issue as heavy and pressing, necessitating a fair but swift conclusion.

Since Trump’s trial on March 4 has been postponed, Chutkan has set a new trial to begin on January 6, which is unrelated to the first. On April 2, she will face punishment for the case that began on January 6, and on April 10, she will have another trial.


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