WASHINGTON — Former President Donald TrumpIt is federal election interference lawsuit in Washington, D.C., will no longer start on March 4, judge Chutkan asked. wrote in a court order made public Friday.
It’s unclear when the trial will begin, but the case has been on pause for nearly two months — Trump’s team has requested a stay. December 7and it was granted on December 13 – which would mean the trial could begin at the earliest in late April or early May.
An early May start date could easily mean the trial won’t end until after the Republican National Convention, scheduled for July 15-18 in Milwaukee.
Friday’s ruling comes as the D.C. Circuit Court has yet to decide whether the former president is safe from prosecution. A panel of federal appeals court judges heard oral arguments Jan. 9, and the case is on an expedited schedule.
“The court will fix a new schedule if and when the warrant is issued,” the Chutkan court order said.
A lawyer for Trump and a spokesperson for the special prosecutor both declined to comment.
There were previous hints that March 4 start date would not go as planned. Chutkan was scheduled to oversee the trial in a separate case on April 2, according to the hearing schedule, which could have overlapped with Trump’s if March 4 had always been the start date. As recently as Thursday, the D.C. court calendar also did not list Chutkan as overseeing a case on March 4.
Special Counsel Jack Smith’s office has already estimated that the prosecution would “need no more than four to six weeks” to present its case, and potential jurors They were told the trial “could last about three months after jury selection.”