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These Trump Upcoming Court Dates Could Overshadow the GOP Primary

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Former President Donald Trump has emerged victorious in two contests of the 2024 calendar so far. He easily earned the most votes despite the string of controversies. However, experts now wonder if he could achieve the same feat during the rest of the primary season and the general election because of his many upcoming court appearances.

Former President Donald Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill.
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Trump is currently in a tough legal tussle that has cost several millions of his campaign funds. For example, the court ordered the business mogul to pay $83 million in damages to E. Jean Carroll in the defamation case against him. Although his lawyers plan to appeal that order, the settlement will significantly dent his accounts.

According to Bloomberg, Trump’s cash reserves are currently estimated at about $600 million. If his legal troubles continue, he may run out of money soon enough. Also, he can’t use his campaign funds to cover his legal bills.

Despite his recent victory, Trump still has several hurdles ahead of him. The Justice Department has an ongoing case regarding his actions to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election on January 6, 2021. The trial was set to begin on March 4, but it has now been canceled, pending the DC Circuit Court’s ruling on Trump’s immunity for his actions while in office.

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Furthermore, Trump has a court case in New York state where he has already been found liable for fraud for misrepresenting the true value of his business. Also, Colorado and Maine officials have ordered Trump to be removed from the 2024 ballot box and are waiting for the US Supreme Court’s approval. 

Additionally, Trump faces a federal case over his alleged mishandling of classified documents. There is also a Georgia case related to his interference in the 2020 election. Trump also has a New York case by February 15 on hush money payments he allegedly made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in 2016.

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It is seemingly unlikely that Trump will have fixed court dates for his legal cases before the November election. Even if some dates are eventually set in the next couple of months, Trump’s campaign team is doing all they can to ensure that they don’t stop him from being nominated.

“Is it ratcheting a noose around his campaign or not?” said Dave Wilson, a GOP strategist based in South Carolina. “Do you really want somebody who’s going to be potentially on trial or convicted going up against an already weakened Joe Biden?”

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“It allows him to go to the states and say, ‘If they’re coming after me, they’re going to come after you,’” Wilson said. “Every appearance that Donald Trump makes in court is a visual reminder to his voters that he’s ‘fighting for them.’”

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However, Trump and his team still have their sights set on the Republican primaries in South Carolina and Michigan on February 24 and 27, respectively. By March 5, Trump is hoping to be victorious at the Super Tuesday primaries, including the Colorado and Maine primaries, depending on the Supreme Court ruling.

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