Lawyers were seen leaving the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Court House on Monday, after judge Tanya Chutkan set a trial date of March 4, 2024, for the start of Donald Trump’s election interference case in Washington DC.
Footage also shows media crews waiting outside, along with a couple of protesters with banners including ‘Will you be conned by the conman? Think again’ and ‘Bow before the Divine Right of Presidents’.
Trump’s lawyers and federal prosecutors, including special counsel Jack Smith, took part in the hearing. The former president’s team proposed pushing the case back until after the 2024 presidential election, while Smith asked for a January 2024 start date.
The date set comes during the Republican presidential primaries, just one day before ‘Super Tuesday’ when the most number of states vote for the nominee.
The case itself comes after a grand jury in DC voted to indict Trump on four charges of allegedly attempting to overturn the 2022 election and involvement in the January 6 Capitol riot.
The former president currently faces four separate cases, with the others involving him allegedly paying hush money to an adult film star, mishandling classified documents and attempting to overturn the result of the election in the state of Georgia.
Trump has pledged to continue his campaign in the 2024 presidential race, even if convicted, and remains the frontrunner for the Republican nomination.
He has strongly denied any wrongdoing in response to all charges made against him, and has claimed the cases are politically motivated.