New Trial Date Throws Trump’s Legal Schedule Into Turmoil

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a Get Out The Vote rally at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

As voters prepare to cast their ballots in the upcoming fall elections, a federal jury may find itself tasked with weighing whether former President Donald Trump engaged in attempts to manipulate the outcome of the previous presidential election.

This possibility arises from the Supreme Court’s decision on Wednesday to address Trump’s assertion of immunity from prosecution regarding his alleged efforts to undermine the integrity of the 2020 election.

By choosing to examine the immunity question and maintaining the case’s suspension in the interim, the justices have effectively ensured that Trump will not face trial on the federal election-related charges until the latter stages of the campaign season, at the earliest.

Should this scenario materialize, Trump could find himself balancing courtroom obligations with campaign activities such as debates and speeches in crucial swing states.

The trial, projected to extend over several months, might even coincide with Election Day itself.

While the Supreme Court’s concise, 200-word unsigned order refrained from making broad declarations, its decision has disrupted special counsel Jack Smith’s implicit efforts to expedite Trump’s trial before the upcoming election.