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See how Trump's trials crowd the Republican political calendar

Anna Moneymaker
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Updated January 3, 2024 at 1:05 PM ET

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Donald Trump's criminal indictments are unprecedented. They make the coming calendar convergence unprecedented too.

A federal judge has set a trial date for what are perhaps the highest-profile charges the former president faces, in the special counsel's election interference case.

That trial is planned for March 4 — one day before Super Tuesday, the biggest voting day of the Republican presidential primary, when more than a dozen states hold their contests.

Another date to mark is Jan. 15. That's when Iowa has its GOP caucus. The next day, Trump has a trial scheduled in the civil defamation case brought by the writer E. Jean Carroll.

All told, over the next several months the former president faces five scheduled criminal and civil trials — plus one more criminal indictment in Georgia that needs a Trump trial date — as Republican voters select their 2024 nominee. (Defendants in criminal cases generally must attend every stage of a trial.)

To see the extent to which the GOP political calendar and Trump's legal calendar are intertwined, it's helpful to see them laid out together. As you look at the graphic below, remember that the dates are subject to change:

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Ben Swasey is an editor on the Washington Desk who mostly covers politics and voting.