Former president donald trumpThe scorched earth legal strategy of a lifetime is about to crash into the impending Republican presidential primary schedule, and his own stance will influence whether the stormy daniels The case is in the headlines during the first primaries.
Trump, who was indicted last Thursday, faces multiple charges believed to be a mix of complex federal and state charges. His legal team, which includes a leading white-collar criminal defense attorney and former federal prosecutor Todd Blanche, is expected to lead the defense.
The former Assistant U.S. Attorney has previously represented Paul Manafortformer Trump campaign manager, and Igor Frumana former associate of Rudy Giuliani who pleaded guilty in a campaign finance case, according to POLITICO.
Former President Donald Trump has a history of aggressive legal challenges. He has now been charged after being investigated for decades. He has already announced a race to take back the White House.
‘I don’t think this is a coincidence. Admittedly, this peculiar strategy by the New York prosecutor is quite ingenious in using Mr. Trump’s style, his past conduct, his strategy of delay and attrition against him,” said David Shapiro, a former FBI agent and financial fraud specialist. He teaches at John Jay College in New York.
“The longer you delay, the closer you get to 2024,” he said. But if Trump goes for a ‘delay, delay, delay, delay’ strategy, it’s tantamount to saying, ‘go cut your knees,’ he added.
Trump’s impeachment has already rocked the political field, as the former president flew from Mar-a-Lago to New York on Monday.
Trump used a group of lawyers and an aggressive stance to time out a Democratic push of the House of Representatives for his tax returns until the end of his presidency, in a case that reached the Supreme Court.
In the case of Stormy Daniels, who has filed multiple charges of falsifying business records and a Class E felony, Trump’s attorney, Joseph Tacopina, has already said he would fight “very aggressively.”
‘There is very little doubt that Tacopina’s team will litigate everything. They are going to defy anything they can to delay,” said Dan Feldman, a John Jay law professor who teaches supervision and investigation and previously served in the administration of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
There have already been hints that the Trump team might try to change the venue, which could set things back if the judge allowed it.
Like any motion, it would require the judge to allow the opposing party to respond.
trump continues protest vehemently against the judge assigned to the case, Juan Merchan, saying he ‘HATES ME’ on Truth Social.
But Tacopina told ABC’s ‘This Week’ that he ‘didn’t think the judge was biased. ‘Do I think the judge is biased? Of course not,’ she said.
One expert pointed to District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s “clever” strategy, where if Trump delays, it could work against him.
A Manhattan grand jury voted to indict former President Donald Trump for money paid to silence porn star Stormy Daniels
Still, prosecutors could move to try to block Tacopina from representing Trump because of his past communications with Daniels when the porn star who is key in the case was looking for a lawyer.
A series of delays could postpone a result until after the November election. But it could also juxtapose key moments, including hearings, motions, jury selection and arguments, with crucial parts of the campaign, even though Trump has seen a rise in the polls since the impeachment.
The first Republican presidential debate, on Fox News, is scheduled for August in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
That’s about six months before Iowa Republicans hold their caucuses, quickly followed by the New Hampshire primary in early 2024.
Other milestones include the Iowa State Fair, which will begin on August 10.
Key dates in the 2024 election as Trump faces impeachment
April 15, 2023: Quarterly Campaign Financial Report Due
July 15, 2023: Quarterly Campaign Financial Report Due
August 2023: First Republican presidential debate
August 10, 2023: Iowa State Fair
October 15, 2023: Quarterly Campaign Finance Report Due
February 5, 2024: Iowa Caucus
February 13, 2024: New Hampshire primary
July 15, 2024: Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin