A federal judge has set a trial date of March 4 in the prosecution of Donald Trump on charges that he conspired to overturn the 2020 election, rebuffing the former president’s proposal to postpone the trial until 2026. It was an early victory for prosecutors, who had asked for a Jan. 2 date.
The decision potentially brings the proceeding, in Washington, into conflict with the three other trials that Trump is facing, underscoring the extraordinary complexities of his legal situation as he campaigns to return to the White House. Trump may also face a trial on charges in Georgia on that date, and another case in Manhattan has been scheduled to go to trial on March 25.
If the trial in Washington lasts more than 11 weeks, it could overlap with Trump’s other federal trial, on charges of illegally retaining classified documents after he left office and obstructing the government’s efforts to retrieve them. That trial is scheduled to begin in Florida in late May.
Judge Tanya Chutkan, who is presiding over the federal election case, said that she was not going to let Trump’s other legal troubles and his political campaign get in the way of setting a date. “Mr. Trump, like any defendant, will have to make the trial date work regardless of his schedule,” she said, adding that “there is a societal interest to a speedy trial.”
March 4 is one day before Super Tuesday, when 15 states are scheduled to hold Republican primaries or caucuses.