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Democratic congressman objects to Trump trial schedule

 August 31, 2023

Democrat Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) has expressed reservations about the upcoming trial dates assigned in relation to Donald Trump's 2024 presidential campaign, as the Daily Wire reported.

Khanna's Dialogue with Hewitt

Khanna conveyed his perspective during a conversation with conservative broadcaster Hugh Hewitt.

Hewitt highlighted the perception in conservative circles that the cases against Trump seem staged.

While contending that individuals cannot be allowed to use political campaigns as a means to evade legal jeopardy, Khanna acknowledged the unease over the timing of Trump's trial dates.

"I do think we need to make sure that in the timing, if Trump does emerge as the Republican nominee, that it does not compromise the ability to have a robust campaign schedule," Khanna stated.

He further speculated on the judiciary's probable course of action, remarking, "And I imagine that the courts will take that into consideration if he is the nominee. You know, he may not be the nominee."

Trump's Legal Calendar

The GOP sees Trump as a leading contender amidst a vast pool of presidential hopefuls. Three distinct criminal cases against Trump now have confirmed commencement dates.

Notably, the trial concerning alleged federal election interference in the nation's capital is slated for March 4, a day before the significant Super Tuesday primary contests.

Moreover, the criminal case over alleged hush money, initiated by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, and the case concerning classified documents spearheaded by Special Counsel Jack Smith is to kick off on March 25 and May 20, respectively, coinciding with a number of key electoral events.

Another legal challenge Trump faces in Georgia is still awaiting a fixed trial date. Fulton County's District Attorney, Fani Willis, suggested March 4 as the starting point, which coincides with the federal election interference case and is a mere week before Georgia's March 12 primary.

The Republican National Convention is planned for July 15-18 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Trump's Rebuttal and Khanna's Insight

While navigating these various legal scenarios, Trump remains steadfast in rejecting all allegations.

He boldly classifies the charges as a political boon to incumbent President Joe Biden, who is running for another term in office.

Trump has formally contested charges laid against him in several jurisdiction, both state and federal.

For the case in Georgia concerning the 2020 elections, arraignments for Trump and his associates are set for next week, as The Hill reported.

Khanna, representing a district in Silicon Valley, clarified that determining trial dates isn't within a congressman's purview. Yet, he believes the schedule could adapt, especially if Trump gathers momentum on his campaign journey.

He said, "My instinct on all of this is they're not going to have trials in the middle of something that's going to compromise a candidate's ability who has real traction to have a fair fight. I just don't see that happening in our country."