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AG Garland Emphasizes Speedy Trials for Trump’s Federal Cases, Timelines Set by Courts

In a recent CNN interview, Attorney General Merrick Garland stressed the importance of “speedy trials” in the federal cases against former President Donald Trump, noting that trial dates are now in the hands of the courts.

This statement comes amid heightened scrutiny of Trump’s impending trials.

Garland, addressing concerns over the timing of trials related to the 2020 election interference case and the mishandling of classified documents, highlighted the judiciary’s role in setting trial dates. The special prosecutor, Jack Smith, has been advocating for expedited proceedings ahead of the 2024 presidential election, where Trump is a leading Republican nominee. Contrarily, Trump’s legal team is seeking delays.

Responding to questions about potential conflicts with Justice Department policies regarding election proximity, Garland reiterated his support for swift trials, emphasizing that the cases were initiated last year. He dismissed suggestions of undue delay by the special prosecutor, affirming that cases were brought to court when deemed ready by legal standards.

The election interference case is tentatively scheduled for trial on March 4, but Trump’s claims of presidential immunity could cause delays. A pivotal ruling from a federal appeals court is anticipated soon, which might affect the trial’s start date. Additionally, the trial concerning the mishandling of classified documents is slated for May in Florida.