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Trump asks to postpone the Jan. 6 trial to 2026

Gregory Singer, legal representative for the former president, requested to postpone the date proposed by the prosecution by two years due to the abundance of information to be reviewed and the "complex and unusual" nature of the case.

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Former President Donald Trump's lawyer Gregory Singer asked to delay the start of the Jan. 6 trial until April 2026.

Singer argued in a proposal to Judge Tanya Chutkan that meeting the date proposed by the prosecution, Jan. 2, 2024, would rush the process, violate Trump's rights and, in addition, be "flatly impossible."

Therefore, he proposed a timetable that would postpone the process for more than two years. The new dates, he argued, will "balance" Trump's rights — the right to counsel and a fair trial — with the public's need for a prompt ruling.

As part of his proposal, the lawyer noted that the government had had a "blank check" for more than two and a half years to investigate Trump. He was being given four months. Why? "The government’s objective is clear: to deny President Trump and his counsel a fair ability to prepare for trial."

"A tower of paper stretching nearly 5,000 feet into the sky." This is how Singer described the amount of information (not even including audio recordings and videos) that he would have to process to correctly defend the former president:

That is taller than the Washington Monument, stacked on top of itself eight times, with nearly a million pages to spare.

Singer reasoned that if the timetable presented by Jack Smith's team was already too hasty for a trial in usual circumstances, it became even worse considering that "this case is not just complex or unusual. It is ‘terra incognita.’"

No president has ever been charged with a crime for conduct committed while in office. No major party presidential candidate has ever been charged while in the middle of a campaign—and certainly not by a Justice Department serving his opponent.

In addition, he argued that there would not be enough time to disclose necessary classified information. This usually takes a minimum of six months and may conflict with other trials for which Trump must prepare.