Trump Proposes 2026 Trial Date In election Case
Lawyers for Donald Trump have said that it will take them years to prepare to defend the Former President against allegations that he criminally conspired to overturn the legitimate results of the 2020 presidential election, asking a judge to hold his trial in April 2026, long after he finishes running in next year’s presidential election.
In a 16-page filing, Attorney Gregory Singer argued for the defense team that putting Trump on trial as requested by prosecutors on January 2,2024, on charges of plotting to undermine the Federal Government, obstruct the certification of the 2020 presidential election and disenfranchise voters would mark a “rush to trial” that would violate his constitutional rights and be “flatly impossible” given the enormity of the government’s evidence.
“The public interest lies in justice and a fair trial, not a rush to judgment. Moreover, if the rights to due process and counsel are to mean anything, a defendant must have adequate time to defend himself,” Singer wrote.
Trump, the front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, pleaded not guilty in Washington on August 3 to the four counts against him in the case, teeing up a potentially historic federal criminal courtroom showdown that will pose legal and political challenges for the American courts, federal prosecutors and presidential candidates alike.