Rep. Ro Khanna: Trump Trial Dates Can Be Moved

By Jerry McConway, updated on August 30, 2023

This week, Donald Trump's January 6 trial being conducted by Special Counsel Jack Smith was scheduled for March 4.

That date should sound familiar because it is the day before Super Tuesday.

When the date was announced, there was outrage on the right and allegations of election interference against U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan.

Talking Points…

  • Is the judge required to consider the election in scheduling a trial date?
  • Is it election interference if the trial takes place during the primary elections?
  • Are Democrats working to block Trump from the nomination with these trials?
  • Ro Khanna offers his perspective.
  • How we think this will all play out during the election and what it means for voters

Election Interference?

So, this is the big question and a lot of people will probably not like the reality of this.

Judge Chutkan is right… Donald Trump's schedule has nothing to do with the scheduling of the trial.

Having said that, she also had a duty to the American people to have this issue resolved before we head to the polls for the primary election.

This case has 14th Amendment ramifications, and we, as voters, need to know if Trump is even going to be eligible to hold office before we vote, and picking this trial date is very suspect because it is smack dab in the middle of the primary schedule, so the verdict will not come in well after most people have voted.

Blocking Trump

From my perspective, much of this has been coordinated. But again, that is my opinion.

However, when you look at the trial dates that have been set, and how all of these cases were delayed, all conveniently coming to fruition just before primary voting starts, these judges and Democrat prosecutors have ensured that Trump will be very busy throughout the entire primary election cycle, and I do NOT believe in coincidences.

Gibbs Rule #39 still holds true, and I believe it is relevant here.

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) Chimes In

Rep. Khanna chimed in, believing that the judges in these cases will start to work around the campaign schedule, but I don't see it that way.

Judge Chutkan's language made it evident that she could care less about the election and just wanted to nail Trump.

Regardless, Khanna stated, "Here's what I think's going to happen: I think either former President Trump is going to be the nominee or not be the nominee, if he's the nominee, my guess is that there's going to be a consideration…of the Republican nominee to be able to campaign and the trial dates will take that into account.

"And if he's not the nominee, then the trials will move on. But I think the judges will look at this in real-time to make sure that they're not interfering in any way with the election process, while still having the court calendar move –."

When Khanna was asked if he thought the dates were unfair or ridiculous, he responded, "I'm not sure that that's going to be the actual date, at the end of the day. … I'm a member of Congress, it's not for me to make the decisions on where the trial dates are going to happen.

"My instinct on all of this is they're not going to have trials in the middle of something that's going to compromise a candidate's ability who has real traction to have a fair fight. I just — I don't see that happening in our country."

My Two Cents…

To be honest, this January 6 case scares the hell out of me simply because of the 14th Amendment ramifications if Trump is found guilty.

Democrats are already trying to sell the idea that Trump is disqualified, but that is complete and utter nonsense. Until he has due process and is found guilty, there is nothing they can do to disqualify him based on the 14th Amendment.

However, if Trump is found guilty of insurrection, or even found guilty in the documents class that invoked the Espionage Act, Trump will immediately become disqualified from holding office.

My biggest concern is that Trump wins the nomination, then a guilty verdict comes and upends the entire election. What happens if this verdict comes a month before the general election? How are we supposed to get another candidate in place to beat Democrats in a month, or even two months?

I am not trying to tell anyone how to vote here, but these are all things people need to consider before they pull that handle for anyone in the primary race.

About Jerry McConway

Jerry McConway is an independent political author and investigator who lives in Dallas, Texas. He has spent years building a strong following of readers who know that he will write what he believes is true, even if it means criticizing politicians his followers support. His readers have come to expect his integrity.

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