The trial of former President Donald Trump, scheduled for March, has been postponed by U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan in Washington. This delay is due to an ongoing legal appeal initiated by Trump. As a result, the New York case, which charges Trump in connection with hush-money payments to a porn actor, may proceed first.
One key factor affecting the timing of the trial is the pending appeal on Trump’s immunity from prosecution while in office. A federal appeals court is yet to make a decision on this matter. If the court rules in favor of prosecutors, allowing the case to move forward, the Trump team is likely to appeal once again, leading to further delays.
Timing is crucial for both parties involved. Trump, who has four indictments and 91 felony counts against him, seeks to push back his criminal cases as he becomes a leading contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. On the other hand, Jack Smith’s team, representing the Justice Department special counsel, aims to prosecute Trump before the November election.
Initially, the Washington case was expected to proceed first, but Trump’s appeal based on immunity grounds has caused significant delays. Although arguments were heard by the appeals court on January 9, a ruling has not yet been issued despite their intention to work efficiently.