The federal judge presiding over the trial of former President Donald Trump’s federal election case has suggested that it might be on hold for several months.
“I hope not to be in the country on Aug. 5,” U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan stated during a separate criminal case conference, as reported by Politico.
The judge said that if she is, it will only be because “I’m in trial in another matter that has not yet returned to my calendar,” seeming to reference President Trump’s case, which was removed from the calendar via an order on Feb. 2.
In December 2023, Judge Chutkan declined a motion to dismiss the case citing presidential immunity. President Trump’s attorneys then appealed the decision to the appeals court. Since then, the trial schedule has been halted, leaving the trial date uncertain.
Judge Chutkan’s schedule presently involves a different case set for early April. This led many to believe that she didn’t anticipate the ongoing appeal to be resolved anytime soon, bringing the case back to her court. However, it now seems that the judge is considering a timetable that could lead to an even lengthier delay.
The federal election case has been paused for two months already.
On January 9, a panel of three judges listened to oral arguments regarding President Trump’s motion to dismiss. The timing of the court’s decision remains unknown.
Should the appeals court deny the motion, it is anticipated that President Trump will pursue further appeals by requesting a rehearing with the entire appeals court bench.
Additionally, there is the possibility that the case could be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court. Any of these scenarios would prolong the delay.
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