The criminal trial will depend on the status of Trump’s presidential pardons, the criminal charges he could face as a result of any investigations, and the evidence that prosecutors can amass against him during the period of time leading up to the trial.
If Trump is reelected in November 2024, it is possible his trial may be delayed or dropped altogether because of the presidential pardon power. On the other hand, if he is not reelected, his crimes may be prosecuted in civilian criminal court. If that is the case, prosecutors need to be prepared to bring sufficient evidence before the court. That evidence may include testimony and documents that show that Trump was engaged in criminal activity. Additionally, prosecutors must be prepared to effectively argue that Trump intended to commit the crime or had knowledge of the crime, as these are necessary elements for conviction.
Ultimately, Trump’s criminal trial in 2024 will depend on a variety of factors outside of the court’s control.