Former President Donald Trump is reportedly bracing for the possibility of a conviction in the spring related to his actions during the January 6 Capitol riot and alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.
According to a report by Axios, Trump is preparing for the eventuality of a trial before the election. The trial was initially set for March 4, a day before Super Tuesday, but reports from The Washington Post indicate that it has been removed from the public calendar of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, known for issuing relatively longer and harsher sentences to Capitol riot participants, is overseeing the January 6 trial. Despite potential delays, Trump’s legal team remains concerned about other legal challenges, including charges related to alleged hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels. A trial for this case is scheduled for March 25, shortly after Super Tuesday and before the Republican National Convention.
Juries in Washington, D.C., and New York City, areas with predominantly left-leaning politics, are anticipated to be less favorable to Trump.
However, Trump plans to leverage his court appearances, believing that his trial performances could bolster his 2024 presidential campaign. This strategy is based on previous surges in support following indictments and court appearances, coupled with the Republican belief that the cases against him are politically motivated.
Trump intends to be present at court proceedings as much as possible to maximize this approach, even when his attendance is not mandatory, as per Axios.
“You can’t be defensive or never talk about it because that just makes you look guilty,” a Trump ally said.
“Your only option is to play it up,” the ally added, highlighting the strategy to confront the legal challenges head-on.
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