U.S. seeks Jan. 2 trial date for Trump election subversion case
Federal prosecutors made the request in a letter to the judge on April 5.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has requested a trial date of Jan. 2, 2022, for its case against former President Donald Trump and his associates for their alleged involvement in an attempt to undermine the 2020 presidential election. The request was made in a letter to the judge overseeing the case, Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, on April 5.
The DOJ’s case is based on events surrounding Trump’s January 2021 phone call with former Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. During the call, Trump repeatedly urged Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to overturn the election results in Georgia in his favor. The investigation into the call launched by the DOJ alleges that Trump and his associates attempted to unlawfully influence the results of the election in Georgia and other states.
The DOJ’s proposed trial date would take place after several months of legal proceedings, including hearings scheduled for early June. The DOJ requested the Jan. 2 date in order to give the parties time to prepare for the jury trial, which could last several weeks. If Judge Jackson agrees to the requested date, the trial would likely be pushed back until the end of 2021.