Immunity ruling, Biden clash and ‘hush money’ sentence: Upcoming key dates for Trump

Donald Trump’s criminal conviction – for falsifying documents to cover up a hush money payment to a porn star – is historic.
But it doesn’t bar him from running for president again.

With the US election less than six months away, here are the key dates as he pushes on with his bid to regain the White House.
Expected in next few weeks – Supreme Court to rule on immunity
Trump claims former presidents have immunity from prosecution over acts committed while in office – which one district judge described as a “lifelong ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ pass”.

America’s top court is set to rule on this soon.

Image: The Supreme Court is due to make a momentous decision. Pic: Reuters
It could have major implications as Trump still faces three other criminal cases, including trying to subvert the results of the 2020 election and keeping classified documents at his Florida home.

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It’s also a major ruling constitutionally for the US.
27 June – First head-to-head with Biden


The opening debate between Trump and rival Joe Biden of this year’s election campaign takes place at CNN’s Atlanta studios.
For the first time, it will happen without an audience after the Biden team raised concerns over people disrupting the back and forth.

Image: The two men clashed in debates during the 2020 campaign. Pic: Reuters
Tens of millions of people are set to tune in and the president is almost certain to seize on Trump’s conviction and other legal woes.
Those three criminal cases are progressing very slowly as the ex-president tries to delay them until after the election.
None currently have trial dates scheduled and look unlikely to begin before November.
11 July – Trump sentenced for hush money case
While a prison sentence of up to four years is possible, it’s believed Trump will avoid jail as his conviction is a fairly minor one and he has no previous criminal record.

Image: Trump’s sentence over the Stormy Daniels hush money case will be handed down in July. Pic: AP
A fine or probation is a more realistic scenario.
The sentencing is likely to place in the same Manhattan court where the trial took place.
15-18 July – Republicans confirm Trump as nominee
The Republican Party holds its national convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and will officially confirm Trump as their presidential candidate.

Image: The national convention will again rubberstamp Trump as Republican nominee. Pic: Reuters
It’s already a foregone conclusion after Trump’s success in winning delegates in state primary elections earlier this year.
The vice-presidential nominee will also be chosen, though it’s currently unclear who it will be.
10 September – Trump v Biden round two
Trump takes on Biden for a second time in a debate hosted by ABC News as the election campaign ratchets up with less than two months to go.
The location – and whether this one will have a studio audience – are still to be confirmed.
16 September – Third potential head-to-head with Biden
The candidates could face off again in the first of three 90-minute events planned by the Commission on Presidential Debates – the traditional organiser of these showdowns.

Image: Joe Biden is bidding to hold on to the presidency. Pic: Reuters
However, their participation is unconfirmed as both have raised concerns about the timing, saying it takes place after people in some states can vote early.
5 November – US voters go to the polls to choose their president.
It remains to be seen if – and to what extent – Donald Trump’s conviction will affect his chances.
His claim the trial was a political conspiracy could galvanise supporters and other sympathetic to him, but polls indicate it will go down badly with independent voters.

Source : Sky News