Fulton County DA Fani Willis has requested the court to schedule a trial on August 5, 2024, for the election interference case involving former President Donald Trump in Georgia, just a few months before the November 2024 presidential election.
If Judge Scott McAfee accepts this date, President Trump may become involved in trial proceedings as Americans head to the polls in November 2024 to choose the next U.S. president.
President Trump’s legal team objected to the date, but in a court filing on November 17, 2023, Ms. Willis stated that the trial date of August 5, 2024, strikes a balance between the constitutional right to a speedy trial and potential delays arising from the former president’s other legal proceedings.
President Trump is scheduled to go to trial in Washington on March 4, 2024, and in Florida on May 20, 2024.
In response to Ms. Willis’ request, President Trump’s legal team, in a court filing, stated that the former president objects to the proposed date.
They have consistently requested that the trial dates for all four criminal cases against him be scheduled after the November 2024 election.
“Fani Willis has again proven that her case is purely political, designed to interfere with President Trump’s re-election by demanding a trial date in the most crucial time in President Trump’s winning campaign,” said Steven Cheung, Trump’s presidential campaign spokesman, in a statement.
Earlier this week, Ms. Willis, on Monday, stated that the campaign schedule would not influence how she manages the case.
Due to the appeals process, she believes the Georgia case will extend into early 2025.
President Trump and 18 co-defendants have been charged with racketeering and other charges for allegedly working to overturn his narrow “defeat” in Georgia in the wake of the 2020 election.
The former president has pleaded not guilty and has called the case an attempt by his political rivals to interfere in the 2024 presidential election.
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