Federal judge Tanya Chutkan has just set Donald Trump’s trial date on charges of plotting to overturn the 2020 election for 4 March of next year.

Just before one of the most significant days in the Republican nomination process, Donald Trump’s federal trial will begin on allegations linked to attempting to rig the 2020 election.

The start of the trial falls on the same day as the Republican primary in North Dakota, but Super Tuesday, when so many states cast ballots, is when the actual action happens.

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Republican primaries will be held on March 5 in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia. The scene is set for Trump to once again be at the forefront of voters’ minds when they go to the polls – for better or worse – with his trial starting the day before.

In opposing court documents submitted this month, the government and Mr. Trump’s attorneys each proposed aggressive timetables for the trial. Prosecutors asked for the case to be presented to a jury as early as January 2 while the defence asked that it be delayed for more than two years, until April 2026. Another case involving Mr. Trump was scheduled to be heard in federal court in Atlanta on Monday while Judge Chutkan deliberated the arguments, highlighting the difficulty of bringing the charges against him to trial.

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At the same time that Judge Chutkan assumed his position in Washington, a federal judge in Atlanta was scheduled to hold a hearing to decide whether Mark Meadows, who served as Mr. Trump’s final White House chief of staff, can have his charges removed from the state court system and heard in federal court. Meadows is one of the co-defendants in the Georgia case.