Legal Scholar Calls Foul on Scheduling of Trump’s Trial
Renowned legal scholar Mike Davis is raising concerns about the timing of former President Donald Trump’s criminal trial. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan has scheduled the trial to begin on March 4, the day before “Super Tuesday,” when Republican voters in over a dozen states will choose their party’s leader for the 2024 election.
President Trump is currently facing multiple criminal cases in different courts, including two federal cases.
Judge Chutkan’s decision has sparked controversy as it forces President Trump to defend himself in a Washington D.C. federal court against allegations of leading an illegal effort to overturn the 2020 election results.
“We’re looking at Democrat lawfare on several different fronts,” Mr. Davis expressed in an interview with NTD News’ ‘Capitol Report’ on Tuesday.
Special Counsel Jack Smith’s office recently disclosed that they have identified a staggering 12.8 million documents for discovery in the federal election case. This means that President Trump’s legal team would have to review over 68,000 documents per day leading up to the proposed trial start date.
Mr. Davis, a former Republican chief counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee and founder of the Article III Project, criticized the unreasonable timeline for President Trump’s team to prepare for the trial. He also questioned Judge Chutkan’s reasoning behind the March 4 start date.
“She stated during the hearing, setting this absurdly short trial period, that President Trump should have known about his impending indictment for a year,” Mr. Davis revealed. “According to her, he should have been going through his documents for the past year and should simply defer to the Biden Justice Department on what they consider important or not among those 12 million pages of records. And then we can have this trial the day before Super Tuesday.”
Mr. Davis further raised concerns about Judge Chutkan’s impartiality, highlighting her appointment by President Barack Obama and her comments about President Trump during criminal trials against his supporters involved in the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
“Trump is clearly not going to get a fair trial in Washington D.C. with this Obama-appointed judge who is blatantly partisan and biased against him,” he asserted. “She has shown clear bias against the defendants from January 6, while simultaneously defending the much more destructive Black Lives Matter rioters across America.”
Trump’s Other Trials
In addition to the trial scheduled for March 4 in Washington D.C., President Trump is facing a civil trial for alleged defamation on January 15, coinciding with the start of the Iowa Caucus. He also has a trial date on March 24 in New York for allegations of unlawful hush money payments. Furthermore, he faces another trial on May 20 in a separate federal criminal case related to mishandling classified documents after leaving the White House. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis aims to begin trying President Trump on state-level criminal allegations regarding Georgia’s 2020 election results by October of this year.
Mr. Davis staunchly defends the former president against all the civil and criminal allegations. He criticizes Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg for indicting Trump over a non-crime related to a businessman settling a nuisance claim. He also argues that President Trump’s actions regarding classified documents are protected by the Presidential Records Act, while the special counsel’s office claims he illegally retained classified documents and deceived federal officials seeking their retrieval. Additionally, Mr. Davis highlights the Democratic-led cases in which Trump is indicted for objecting to a presidential election, which is permitted by the Electoral Count Act of 1887 and protected by the First Amendment.
Venue Change In Georgia
President Trump is among several co-defendants in an indictment brought by Ms. Willis in Georgia. Some of his co-defendants have already filed motions to have their cases moved from Fulton County court to a federal court, arguing that the charges are related to their work as federal officeholders.
Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows recently argued in a Georgia federal court that the allegations against him by Ms. Willis pertain solely to his White House duties and should therefore be transferred to federal court under a federal statute. Former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark is also seeking to move his case to federal court.
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