The New York judge who is to organize the future historic criminal trial of Donald Trump, charged since April with fraud, on Thursday asked the prosecution and the defense of the former American president to agree on a a date between February and March 2024.
This procedural hearing of magistrate Juan Merchan, which was held at the Manhattan courthouse, means that a trial would be held at the time of the Republican party primaries for the presidential election of November 2024, for which Mr. Trump is at the top of the polls in his conservative camp.
Once the date is set, all parties, including the former president of the United States, will not be able to plan anything else, demanded the judge of the State of New York for the jurisdiction of Manhattan.
During an in-person appearance in Manhattan on April 4, Donald Trump was criminally charged with 34 tax accounting frauds related to payments to cover up embarrassing affairs ahead of the 2016 presidential election, including a sexual relationship with the movie actress X Stormy Daniels, which he has always denied.
Such a criminal indictment is unprecedented for a President of the United States.
But the indictment of the Manhattan prosecutor Alvin Bragg has been deemed by lawyers and politicians to be both legally “insignificant” and politically “risky.” Stephanie Clifford of her real name, so that she remains silent, nor the reimbursement of this sum which are reprehensible.
Donald Trump is rather accused of “falsifying accounting documents” of his company Trump Organization in hiding these transactions in “legal fees”, in violation of New York State campaign finance laws.
The former tenant of the White House, who dreams of returning there, but who is surrounded by court cases, considers himself “innocent” and the victim of a political “witch hunt” in this criminal case.