President Donald Trump justifiably raged against special counsel Jack Smith’s proposed trial date for January 2, 2024, on charges relating to the 2020 election results.
Trump took issue with the proximity of the proposed trial date to the Iowa Republican caucuses, which are due to take place on January 15, saying “only a lunatic” would propose to hold the trial on January 2.
The 45th President added that the trial should only occur after the 2024 election, “if at all,” charging that it is election interference.
“Deranged Jack Smith has just asked for a trial on the Biden Indictment to take place on January 2., just ahead of the important Iowa Caucuses,” Trump wrote.
“Only an out-of-touch lunatic would ask for such a date, ONE DAY into the New Year, and maximum Election Interference with IOWA!”
“Such a trial, which should never take place due to my First Amendment Rights and massive BIDEN CORRUPTION, should only happen, if at all, AFTER THE ELECTION. The same with other Fake Biden Indictments. ELECTION INTERFERENCE!” Trump continued.
Prosecutors from Jack Smith’s office proposed the January 2 date for the Trump trial, saying they expect to take no longer than four to six weeks to present their evidence, the Hill reported.
Trump pleaded not guilty to four criminal charges.
“This trial date, and the proposed schedule outlined below, would give the defendant time to review the discovery in this case and prepare a defense, and would allow the Court and parties to fully litigate any pre-trial legal issues,” prosecutors Molly Gaston and Thomas Windom wrote in court filings on Thursday.
“Most importantly, a January 2 trial date would vindicate the public’s strong interest in a speedy trial—an interest guaranteed by the Constitution and federal law in all cases, but of particular significance here, where the defendant, a former president, is charged with conspiring to overturn the legitimate results of the 2020 presidential election, obstruct the certification of the election results, and discount citizens’ legitimate votes,” they added.
Earlier this month, Trump’s attorney defended his phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in January 2021.
He said his client sought the “truth” when he asked about the state’s top election official to find 2020 votes.
Attorney John Lauro dismissed allegations that Trump had done anything wrong in his call to Mr. Raffensperger, which was part of the evidence for the 45th president’s second impeachment and subsequent exoneration.
During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Lauro said, “President Trump had every right to ask the Secretary of State: ‘I believe that this election was conducted improperly. There are deficiencies here.”
“I want to see if there are more than 10,000 votes, or whatever the number was, that were counted illegally.’ Once again, that’s core political speech,” Mr. Lauro said, according to The Epoch Times.