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Legal Expert Admits Misjudgment as Trump’s Trial Date Set: A Glorious Turn of Events

Former President Trump’s Federal Election Subversion Case Takes an Unexpected Twist

In a surprising turn of events, a prominent legal expert has publicly acknowledged his misjudgment regarding former President Donald Trump’s trial in the federal election subversion case. Elie Mystal, an esteemed attorney and legal reporter for The Nation, expressed his astonishment at U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan’s decision to set a trial date of March 4. Mystal, known for his insightful analysis, admitted that recent developments had made him “gloriously wrong.”

Mystal, who had previously predicted that Trump would evade trial before the Republican National Convention (RNC), took to social media to share his revised viewpoint. In a thread on X (formerly Twitter), he wrote, “My position has been that Trump will not be brought to trial before the RNC, at which point he’ll be named as their nominee and trying him becomes nearly impossible before the election. BUT, Chutkan is doing the thing I thought no judge would: treating Trump as a normal citizen.”

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The transcript of Judge Chutkan’s decision has left Mystal contemplating the need to issue an official notice of his incorrect prediction. While the trial date could still be subject to change, even a postponement until May would provide ample time for the trial and potential conviction before the RNC in July. Mystal highlighted that Judge Chutkan appeared reluctant to grant the significant delays requested by the defense.

Both the prosecution, led by special counsel Jack Smith, and Trump’s legal team had proposed different trial dates. Smith had suggested a January trial, while Trump’s team had requested a trial starting in April 2026, more than a year after the next presidential election. However, Judge Chutkan firmly stated that Trump’s professional obligations would not influence the trial schedule. Drawing an analogy, she emphasized that accommodating a professional athlete’s schedule would be deemed inappropriate in a similar situation.

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Mystal’s legal analysis has undergone a complete reassessment due to Judge Chutkan’s decision. He admitted, “I didn’t even think he’d be brought to trial, and boy howdy, Chutkan is trying to make me owe some dinners all across this country.” While Mystal acknowledged the possibility of Trump not being jailed until after the election due to potential appeals, he marveled at the judge’s determination to treat Trump as an ordinary citizen and proceed with the trial.

Former President Trump finds himself facing four felony trials, each with proposed start dates set for the following year. In total, he has been indicted on 91 criminal counts across federal and state-level cases. Despite these legal challenges, Trump remains the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, leading his closest rivals by double digits in recent polls.

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The unexpected development in Trump’s trial has captured the attention of legal experts and the public alike. With the trial date set and Judge Chutkan’s unwavering commitment to a fair and timely process, the outcome of this high-profile case remains uncertain. As the legal proceedings unfold, all eyes will be on the courtroom, eagerly awaiting the resolution of this significant chapter in American political history.

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