On Monday, a federal judge set the start of former President Donald Trump‘s federal election interference trial in Washington, D.C., for March 4th.
Trump will be headed for trial on March 4th, the day before Super Tuesday, where more than a dozen key states — including California, Maine, Texas, North Carolina, Utah, and Virginia — are expected to hold their nominating contests.
Trump’s lawyers had asked for an April 2026 trial date, while prosecutors, led by special counsel Jack Smith, wanted it in January of next year. The request was later denied and confirmed that the trial is still set to begin on March 4th.
“Setting a trial date does not depend and should not depend on a defendant’s personal and professional obligations,” said presiding U.S. District Judge Tonya Chutkan, according to NBC News. “Mr. Trump, like any defendant, will have to make the trial date work, regardless of his schedule,” the judge added.
The next year will be a busy season of trials for Trump, all of which fall during the primaries.
On October 2nd 2023, Trump is scheduled for trial for a fraud suit brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James.
On January 15th 2024, the day of the Iowa caucuses, Trump will be headed to trial for a defamation lawsuit brought by writer E. Jean Carroll, who accuses the former president of raping her.
On March 4th, 2024, the day before Super Tuesday, Trump will be headed to trial for alleged election interference.
On March 25th, 2024, Trump will be headed for trial for a hush-money criminal case brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. That falls just a few days after the March 19th primaries of Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kanasa and Ohio and the Louisina primary on March 23rd. Wisconsin will hold their primary on April 2nd.
On May 20th 2024, Trump is headed to trial again involving Smith’s documents case against Trump. That falls just a few days after several states hold their primaries on May 14th, including Maryland and West Virginia, and the week before Idaho, Kentucky and Oregon hold their’s.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has proposed starting the trial in her 2020 election case against Trump and 18 of his allies on March 4, which is the same date now selected for the federal election case. It also happens to be one week before Georgia’s primary on March 12.