The scheduled start date for former President Donald Trump’s federal 2020 election obstruction trial has been removed from the public calendar via Conversation Brief.
It has been noted that Judge Tanya Chutkan, who is presiding over the case, initially scheduled the trial for March 4. Trump has entered a not-guilty plea to four charges stemming from Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into the circumstances leading up to the attack on January 6.
Many people were anticipating that the legal proceedings would start later than expected because the case is currently on hold. The D.C. Circuit is deciding whether Donald Trump can be immune from prosecution due to the charges against him being related to his time in office.
It is uncertain when the three-judge panel at the appeals court will make a decision, even though they heard arguments on January 9th regarding whether the former president can use absolute immunity to dismiss Smith’s case.
As initially reported by The Washington Post, it has now been disclosed that the federal court in Washington, D.C., has removed the March 4 trial date from its public calendar. This administrative action suggests that the trial will be postponed while the immunity appeal process is underway.
“Donald Trump’s March 4 trial on election fraud charges has been dropped from the court calendar. In December, Judge Tanya Chutkan agreed to freeze the case while Trump appealed the indictment on presidential immunity grounds.
Its removal from the court calendar signals that the case will likely not begin for several more months, pushing it closer to the presidential election in November. The Washington, D.C., Court of Appeals is now considering the case, and it will likely go to the U.S. Supreme Court after that,” Newsweek reported.
Soon after the update was reported on social media, several political figures speculated that the removal of the March 4 trial date from the public calendar meant that the case would be dropped entirely.
Bill Shipley, a lawyer for defendants accused of involvement in the Capitol riot, responded by calling it “idiotic” to believe that Smith’s case would be dropped.
“Tomorrow was the day the jurors questionnaires were supposed to be returned to the Court by prospective jurors and given to the parties. Was a questionnaire ever prepared? No—the case has been stayed. So no questionnaires will be received,” Shipley posted on X.
“One of the first questions is ‘Do you have any plans that would make it impossible for you to be a juror from March 3 to May 3?’ Well, you can’t send that out until you know what the start date will be,” he added. “So all you supposedly ‘in the know’ X-stars, just stop posting nonsensical conspiracy theories about why the Court—NOT JACK SMITH—removed the trial from the March 4 calendar.”