A calendar of dates and what to expect


WASHINGTON – As Donald Trump tries to win the Republican nomination in a crowded field and ultimately retake the White House from President Joe Biden in the 2024 race, his legal calendar promises a campaign season like no other.

He is the first former president to face criminal charges and the first former president to run for for the highest office in the country after being indicted four times − including for allegedly trying to steal a previous election.

The Republican frontrunner faces 91 felony counts across two federal cases and two state cases for allegedly conspiring to overturn the 2020 election, falsifying business records and storing hundreds of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate after leaving the White House in 2021.

He also faces several civil lawsuits that further complicate his 2024 calendar and will require him to sacrifice his time on the campaign trail to appear in court.

Here’s a look at when Trump will be going to trial and what to expect from each of the cases.

Former President Donald Trump steps off his plane as he arrives at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023, in Atlanta.

Former President Donald Trump steps off his plane as he arrives at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023, in Atlanta.

Trump Organization business fraud civil case | October 2023

Expected trial date: Oct. 2, 2023

New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against Trump last year after a three-year investigation, alleging Trump “falsely inflated his wealth by billions of dollars” through massive fraud involving his namesake business, the Trump Organization.

The lawsuit seeks $250 million in penalties, a ban on Trump or his children running businesses in New York and legal action attempts to prevent Trump and his organization from buying commercial real-estate for five years. Trump gave a deposition for the case in April, where he dismissed the allegations as “ridiculous.”

New York Judge Arthur F. Engoron is overseeing the case.

E. Jean Carroll civil case | January 2024

Expected trial date: Jan. 15, 2024

Writer E. Jean Carroll filed a defamation lawsuit against Trump in 2019 for comments he made about her while he was president. A judge accepted the lawsuit this year and set the trial date for January. District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan is overseeing the case.

A federal jury in May found Trump liable for sexually abusing Carroll at a New York City department store in 1996 and for defamation in a separate case. Trump has repeatedly claimed that he doesn’t know who Carroll is.

Pyramid Scheme Civil Case | January 2024

Expected trial date: Jan. 29, 2024

Four anonymous plaintiffs filed a civil class action case against Trump and the Trump Organization for allegedly defrauding working class Americans and receiving secret payments to promote and endorse a multilevel marketing company called American Communications Network.

While the lawsuit was also originally aimed at Trump’s three children, District Judge Lorna Schofield granted their dismissals from the case earlier this year “in order to streamline and focus the issues to be adjudicated at trial.”

2020 election interference criminal case | March 2024

Expected trial date: March 4, 2024

Arraignment: August 3

Number of felony counts: 4

Trump was indicted on four counts for allegedly conspiring to overturn the 2020 election. Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith charged Trump with Conspiracy to Defraud the United States; Conspiracy to Obstruct an Official Proceeding; Obstruction of and Attempt to Obstruct an Official Proceeding; and Conspiracy Against Rights.

Trump pleaded not guilty to all counts at the E. Barrett Prettyman federal courthouse in the District of Columbia.

District Judge Tanya Chutkan is overseeing the case.

New York hush money criminal case | March 2024

Expected trial date: March 25, 2024

Arraignment: April 4

Number of felony counts: 34

Trump was indicted on 34 felony counts in March by a Manhattan grand jury for allegedly falsifying business records in an attempt to conceal hush money payments made to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, who alleged they had sexual relations with Trump, before the 2016 election.

Trump had arranged for his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to make the payments − $130,000 for Daniels and $150,000 for McDougal − to silence the women on their claims. He pleaded not guilty to all counts earlier this year in Manhattan.

Acting New York Supreme Court Judge Juan Merchan is overseeing the case.

Mar-a-Lago classified documents criminal case | May 2024

Expected trial date: May 20, 2024

Arraignment: June 13

Number of felony counts: 40

Trump was indicted on 40 felony counts for allegedly storing hundreds of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate upon leaving the White House in 2021. Some of the charges Smith brought against him include willful retention of national defense information in violation of the Espionage Act and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Trump pleaded not guilty to 37 counts in a Miami, Florida, courtroom and to three counts in a federal court filings.

District Judge Aileen Cannon is overseeing the case.

Georgia 2020 election interference criminal case | TBD

Expected trial date: To be determined

Number of felony counts: 13

Trump was indicted on 13 felony counts for allegedly tampering with 2020 election results in the state of Georgia. The most serious penalty he faces is violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, which  penalizes activities of individuals engaging in organized crime.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis brought the charges against him. Trump pleaded not guilty in a court filing on Thursday and avoided a scheduled Sept. 6 arraignment hearing.

Willis requested a March 2024 trial date, but the timing has not been set.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee is overseeing the case and said all major proceedings will be televised.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: When is Trump going to court? A look at his trial dates and what to expect



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