Former President Donald Trump accused special counsel Jack Smith online of interfering with the election after the Justice Department requested one of its criminal proceedings against him to begin just prior to Thursday’s Iowa caucuses.
In a court filing, Smith, assistant special counsels Molly Gaston and Thomas Windom requested that Trump’s trial commence on January 2, 2019.
In the interest of a “speedy trial,” the Department of Justice argued that Trump should be tried on charges of “conspiring to overturn an election” within a few months of the start of the primaries.
“The Government proposes that trial begin on January 2, 2024, and estimates that its case in chief will take no longer than four to six weeks,” prosecutors argued.
“This trial date, and the proposed schedule outlined below, would give the defendant time to review the discovery in this case and prepare a defense, and would allow the Court and parties to fully litigate any pre-trial legal issues,” the filing added.
The eight-page document also stated, “The Government’s proposed trial date strikes a reasonable balance between the defendant’s right to prepare a defense and the public’s strong interest in a swift trial in this case.”
In addition, the proposed trial date “would vindicate the public’s strong interest in a speedy trial.”
Thursday evening, Trump took to Truth Social to argue that the proposed trial date is a flagrant example of election interference.
“Deranged Jack Smith has just asked for a trial on the Biden Indictment to take place on January 2nd., just ahead of the important Iowa Caucuses,” Trump wrote.
He added, “Only an out of touch lunatic would ask for such a date, ONE DAY into the New Year, and maximum Election Interference with IOWA! Such a trial, which should never take place due to my First Amendment Rights, and massive BIDEN CORRUPTION, should only happen, if at all, AFTER THE ELECTION. The same with other Fake Biden Indictments.
The former president concluded, “ELECTION INTERFERENCE!”
The Iowa caucuses will be held on January 15, while the New Hampshire primary will be held on January 23.
If the government were to commence a trial on January 2 and conclude it within six weeks, Trump could still be in court when Nevada and New York voters go to the polls.
Numerous polls indicate that Trump is the odds-on favorite to win the Republican primary and be the party’s nominee for a third consecutive election.
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