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 August 28, 2023

Trump's lawyer says trial dates are 'unrealistic'

One of former President Donald Trump's lawyers just referred to the dates that have been set for Trump's criminal trials as "unrealistic" and "theatrics."

Attorney Alina Habba did so during an appearance Sunday on the Fox News Channel's Fox News Sunday. 

Background

Trump has now been indicted four times. First, there is the indictment brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (D), which alleges wrongdoing in relation to Trump's alleged payment of "hush money" to a porn star.

Second, there is the indictment brought by special counsel Jack Smith in Florida, where Smith has accused Trump of mishandling classified documents. Third, there is the indictment that Smith brought against Trump in Washington, D.C., alleging that Trump engaged in criminal activity with respect to the Capitol protest of Jan. 6, 2021.

Finally, there is the indictment that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis (D) has brought against Trump in Georgia. Willis has accused Trump and associates of committing crimes when they attempted to challenge Georgia's results in the 2020 presidential election.

Trump has pled not guilty in each and every case. The former president maintains his innocence and he insists that this is merely the Democrats' latest attempt to end his political career. As evidence, Trump, among other things, has pointed to the dates set for his trials.

The Washington Examiner reports:

The New York trial for the hush money matter is scheduled for March 25 of next year, and the federal trial for the classified documents case has been set for May 20, 2024. Smith has asked the judge overseeing the 2020 election case to start the trial on Jan. 2, 2024, while lawyers for Trump have requested an April 2026 start date. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who is overseeing the Georgia case, has called for an early March start date, which the defense is expected to fight.

"Unrealistic," "Theatrics"

Habba, during her Fox appearance, also insisted that the indictments of Trump are political in nature.

Habba used the proposed trial dates to make her point.

"These trial dates also are going to move. It's unrealistic. It's theatrics," Habba said.

She continued:

No judge is going to say that you can be on two trials at once in two different states, because a lot of these overlap. They look at the start date of the trial, but these are four- to six-week trials at the least. So there's no way they're not going to overlap. I mean, they're gonna have to go into October, November of next year, again, by design.

"We're not concerned"

Despite everything, Habba, during her Fox appearance, said that Trump and his team are not concerned.

"We're not concerned because we know the facts of the cases, which I can't get into, obviously, for privileged reasons, but I can tell you that it's to tie him up," Habba said.

"It's definitely political," she added.

Written By:
Benjamin Clark

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