‘Unfair Violation of Trump’s Due Process’ – Legal Experts Blast Judge’s March 4 Trial Date as Unreasonable – One America News Network

Former President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before departure from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Former President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before departure from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

OAN’s Daniel Baldwin
1:23 PM – Monday, August 28, 2023

The federal judge overseeing 45th President Donald Trump’s federal case regarding his efforts to challenge the 2020 election results set a March 4, 2024 trial date – one day before Super Tuesday.


“This is a totally unfair violation of President Trump’s due process and the duty of the attorney to prepare for this case,” Paul Kamenar, counsel for the National Legal and Policy Center, told One America News.

Tanya Chutkan rejected both sides’ proposals for a trial date. Special Counsel Jack Smith proposed Jan. 2, 2024 and Trump’s attorneys pitched April 2026. Chutkan rejected both, but settled on a date eight weeks later than Smith’s proposal.

“There’s no way that any defense attorney can prepare this kind of defense for this kind of a case in that short amount of time,” Kamenar said.

A Trump spokesperson slammed this trial date, saying it deprived the 45th president of his “Constitutional right to a fair trial.”

“Crooked Joe Biden, Deranged Jack Smith, and their henchmen continue to abuse the American justice system in their goal of interfering in the 2024 Presidential Election in order to prevent President Trump from returning to the Oval Office,” said the unnamed spokesperson. “The date set today deprives President Trump of his Constitutional right to a fair trial, a seminal bedrock of America, and continues to expose the corruption of the witch hunts being thrown against President Trump. From setting a trial date for the day before “Super Tuesday” to sending a fundraising email the moment of President Trump’s processing in Fulton County, the Biden regime is no longer hiding its nakedly political motivations. President Trump will not be deterred, he will fight these hoaxes at every turn, and will win for the American people.”

Central to Chutkan’s ruling was the access Trump’s legal team had to the 12.8 million documents the government handed over in discovery. Prosecutors claimed that Trump’s team had access to more than seven million of these documents as they stemmed from his political action committees, the National Archives and Records Administration, and Secret Service. They also claimed there were numerous duplicate documents in discovery as well.

“You have to look at these documents to make sure that they are duplicates,” Kamenar explained. “That takes time. You can’t just push a button and find out that things are duplicated or look for search terms. You have to read these. You have to analyze these, you have to prepare for cross-examination of these witnesses.”

Chutkan also appeared to be sympathetic to prosecutors arguing that Trump had nearly a year to begin preparing to face charges in this case as he and his team were aware of the grand jury investigation since September 2022.

“The judge is basically saying, ‘Well, you knew this indictment was going to come along, because we had the grand jury last fall convene,’” said Kamenar. “Well, just because you have a grand jury convening does not obligate a defense attorney who’s not even hired in the case to start preparing for defense. You don’t even know what the charges are. This is a totally unfair violation of President Trump’s due process rights.”

Chutkan, an Obama appointed judge who called Black Lives Matter protests “mostly peaceful” in a previous ruling, also said Trump’s team “knew” the indictment was coming. Kamenar claimed that phrasing sent a message loud and clear.

“That to me showed that the deal was done, so to speak, to go after Trump,” Kamenar said.

Lauro informed Chutkan he would be submitting pretrial motions regarding executive immunity and selective prosecution. He indicated the motion on executive immunity could come as soon as this week.

“Executive immunity basically says that everything that was charged in this indictment occurred while President Trump was still president,” Kamenar explained. “And under Supreme Court law, he has executive immunity in terms of any civil suits that are filed against him. And there’s a good legal argument that he should have immunity for any criminal charges that are brought against him in the course of his executing his duties.”

“If [executive immunity] is denied, [Trump’s legal team] has a right to go immediately to the Court of Appeals to get that reviewed,” Kamenar continued. “And that’s going to take three to six months just to sort that out.”

The March 4th trial date will also overlap with Trump’s New York case, which is scheduled to go to trial on March 25th.

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Trump’s D.C. election trial date is set for early March – One America News Network

Former U.S. President Donald Trump. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

OAN’s Brooke Mallory
12:16 PM – Monday, August 28, 2023

Donald Trump’s trial in Washington, D.C., regarding allegations of “attempting to overturn the 2020 presidential election” has been set for March 4th, 2024, according to U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan.


The question of whether Mark Meadows, Trump’s former chief of staff, may transfer his election-related charges from state to federal court was being discussed in a separate hearing that was taking place in Atlanta, Georgia, on Monday morning.

According to candidate polls, Trump is the current leading favorite to win the Republican nomination for president in 2024, and the D.C. trial will begin the day before Super Tuesday’s primary.

Trump is the only individual indicted in the D.C. case so far, but his indictment details claim that he engaged six accomplices in his alleged efforts to reverse President Joe Biden’s election win and stay in power. Trump is the first former American president to be accused of criminal charges.

While leading the Republican field for the 2024 presidential nomination, he has been indicted in four separate cases and has denied misconduct in each case.

U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan emphasized her intention to “keep politics out of this” during her opening statement at the Washington, D.C., hearing for the 2020 election obstruction case against Trump. However, Trump and other GOP representatives have expressed numerous times that Chutkan is highly partisan.

Chutkan gained notoriety for imposing extremely harsh, long-term punishments on participants in the January 6th Capitol breach that were much stricter than the punishments advised by federal prosecutors.

Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) also brought up the fact that she loudly criticized the Capitol disturbance while openly supporting the 2020 Black Lives Matter (BLM) riots, most of which were violent, inflicted injuries and deaths, and wreaked havoc on small businesses and communities.

“Judge Tanya Chutkan’s impracticality of her tough sentencing of Jan. 6th defendants, despite openly supporting the violent Black Lives Matter protests of 2020, showcases not only a lack of impartiality but also a disregard for the sacred duty of a judge to uphold justice fairly,” Gaetz declared.

According to FactCheck.org, less than 5 people died during the January 6th Capitol breach, and they were all Trump supporters. Two of the deaths, Kevin Greeson, 55, and Benjamin Phillips, 50, were from heart attacks.

Additionally, a Jan. 7th statement from then-U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund said that, Ashli Babbitt, 35, an Air Force veteran, died on the day of the riot after being shot in the shoulder by a Capitol Police officer as she tried to shove her way into the House chamber where members of Congress were taking cover.

The Department of Justice declared in April 2022 that the Capitol Police officer who shot Babbitt would not be charged.

A fact check by the Austin-American Statesman stated that the deaths of at least a dozen individuals, or as many as 19, were reported during the BLM George Floyd protests, as press reports stated in June 2021. A 77-year-old retired St. Louis police captain and a 22-year-old resident of Davenport, Iowa, were among the casualties.

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