Donald Trump is facing unprecedented obstacles in his third Presidential campaign.
Democrats are weaponizing the justice system to try and derail him.
And Donald Trump made one important decision that could upend the 2024 Election.
Former President Donald Trump is the clear frontrunner to win the Republican nomination, setting up a rematch with President Joe Biden next year.
The criminal case over Trump’s alleged mishandled classified documents brought by Special Counsel Jack Smith looms large over his campaign.
A trial could take Trump off of the campaign trail during crucial portions of the election cycle.
Trump’s legal team has asked the federal judge presiding over the classified documents to postpone the trial indefinitely.
The trial would be postponed until after the 2024 election, if the judge grants the request.
“This extraordinary case presents a serious challenge to both the fact and perception of our American democracy,” Trump’s attorneys wrote.
They said the unprecedented nature of the case would mean that both sides would need more time than usual to prepare for the trial.
“The court now presides over a prosecution advanced by the administration of a sitting president against his chief political rival, himself a leading candidate for the presidency of the United States,” Trump’s lawyers argued. “Therefore, a measured consideration and timeline that allows for a careful and complete review of the procedures that led to this indictment and the unprecedented legal issues presented herein best serves the interests of the defendants and the public.”
They added that Trump’s position as the “likely” Republican nominee needs to be taken into consideration.
“President Trump is running for President of the United States and is currently the likely Republican Party nominee,” Trump’s attorneys wrote. “This undertaking requires a tremendous amount of time and energy, and that effort will continue until the election on Nov. 5, 2024.”
Smith requested a trial date of December 11 this year, which would mean it would likely continue through the start of the GOP primary that kicks off with the Iowa caucus on January 15.
The federal judge presiding over the case initially set the trial date in August.
Trump’s lawyers noted the effect a trial during campaign season would have on the case.
“There is simply no question any trial of this action during the pendency of a presidential election will impact both the outcome of that election,” Trump’s attorneys continued. “And, importantly, the ability of the defendants to obtain a fair trial.”
While it is a tremendously unlikely scenario, if the judge were to postpone the trial until after the election, it would give Trump an open lane to the nomination.
A victory in the 2024 election would give him the ability to pardon himself, if Smith succeeds in his witch hunt.
The politically motivated criminal cases against Donald Trump will be one of the biggest unknowns hanging over the 2024 election.
Patriot Political will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.