(TheRedWire.com) – GOP presidential candidate and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, in a recent interview on CNN’s “The Lead” with Jake Tapper, claimed that the date of former President Donald Trump’s trial regarding the federal charges against him in the Jan. 6 case was going to be “disastrous” for the Republican Party.
As he stated, the biggest thing that GOP voters will be paying attention to right now is that they have a presidential candidate who, after March 4th, will likely be required to be in court every day for up to six weeks rather than campaigning against President Biden. He added that this would be “disastrous” for the GOP, which he has been stating since he entered the presidential race. He argued that Trump’s conduct and actions show he cannot be the Republican nominee.
Christie also argued that the date set by U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan is “realistic” and that it was likely that special counsel Jack Smith had only charged Trump in this case so that he could get it moving towards a trial faster. With Trump currently leading the Republican primary race, Christie argued that it was likely that his legal troubles could disadvantage the GOP.
Chutkan has determined that jury selection will begin on March 4th. That date is closer to the Jan. 2, 2024 trial date requested by Smith than the one in April 2026 that Trump’s legal team had requested. This means the first day of the trial will be Super Tuesday when voters in more than a dozen states will vote in the Republican presidential primary race.
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