Trump’s Court Dates Crowd His 2024 Campaign Schedule

Former President Donald Trump’s several trial dates next year in Manhattan, Miami and Washington, D.C., will interrupt his busy 2024 campaign schedule.

The 45th president and frontrunner for the 2024 Republican nomination is the defendant in four criminal trials and three civil trials.

Some of the trials are related to charges that Trump illegally attempted to overturn the 2020 election results. Others pertain to various allegations of fraud by the Trump Organization. One of the civil trials will determine the amount of a settlement in a defamation lawsuit.

Trump skipped the first three Republican primary debates this fall. He’s expected to skip the fourth debate in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Dec. 6. But he will have a busy schedule in January, with a Manhattan court date on Jan. 16, just one day after the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses on Jan. 15.

The federal civil trial on Jan. 16 will determine how much Trump will have to pay author E. Jean Carroll after a judge found him liable for defaming her.

In May, a jury found Trump guilty of defaming Carroll for denying unproven allegations she made against him in 2022. While she seeks $10 million in damages, Trump’s team is trying to get the case dismissed.

Later on Mar. 4, a federal criminal trial begins in Washington D.C., the day before the “Super Tuesday” primaries. Trump will stand trial in a case charging the former president with illegally attempting to overturn the 2020 election results. Republicans will hold primaries and caucuses in 15 states on Mar. 5, one day after the trial begins.

On May 20, just two weeks before the final GOP primaries in five states on June 4, Trump will have to appear in a federal criminal case in Miami, Florida. Prosecutors say Trump illegally kept classified government documents after departing from the White House. They also charge the former president with lying to government officials about the documents.

Trump’s lawyers expect each of the trials to last anywhere from four to six weeks. Trump spokesperson Alina Habba said the slate of charges against Trump interferes with his campaign schedule “by design.” She said, “We know this is intentional – it’s to tie [Trump] up, it’s definitely political.”