(Reuters) -Former President Donald Trump faces a crowded calendar this year as he seeks the Republican nomination in the U.S. election while defending himself in four criminal and at least three civil trials.
Here are key dates in Trump’s legal and political schedule:
Lawyers make their closing arguments in a months-long civil fraud trial in Manhattan that threatens Trump’s business empire.
New York state Attorney General Letitia James is seeking to impose a penalty of at least $250 million and to ban Trump and his sons Donald Jr. and Eric from running businesses in the state. A judge has already ruled that they inflated property values to get better terms from lenders and insurers.
The judge has said he hopes to rule on damages by the end of January. Trump’s lawyers have already said they will appeal.
The state-by-state Republican nominating contest begins with caucuses in Iowa.
Start of a federal civil trial in Manhattan, in which an anonymous jury will decide how much Trump will have to pay for defaming writer E. Jean Carroll. The judge has already found Trump liable for defaming her by denying that he raped the former magazine columnist. Carroll is seeking $10 million in damages. Trump is seeking to get the case dismissed.
Carroll has already won $5 million from Trump for sexual assault and defamation in a separate civil case. Trump is appealing that verdict.
The first state primary election takes place in New Hampshire.
A federal civil trial starts in Manhattan, in which three people accuse Trump and his company of fraudulently promoting a multilevel marketing scheme before he was president.
Nevada Republican presidential caucuses
South Carolina Republican presidential primary
Scheduled start of a federal criminal trial in Washington that charges Trump with illegally trying to reverse his 2020 election loss.
The trial could be delayed, depending on how long the U.S. court system takes to consider Trump’s claim that he can’t be prosecuted for actions he took as president.
“Super Tuesday,” when 14 Republican state presidential primaries and caucuses are scheduled to take place. This event often whittles down the field to a handful of candidates. Trump has been barred from the Maine and Colorado primaries, but he is expected to appeal those decisions.
Scheduled start of a New York state criminal trial, in which Trump is accused of falsifying business records to cover up a hush-money payment to a porn star before the 2016 presidential election. This date may change if it conflicts with the federal case in Washington.
Scheduled start of a federal criminal trial in Miami, in which Trump is charged with unlawfully keeping classified government documents after leaving office and lying to officials who sought to recover them.
The final Republican presidential primaries are scheduled to take place in five states. Some states have not yet set their primary or caucus dates.
Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the party formally chooses its candidate
Proposed start of a Georgia racketeering case against Trump and 18 other defendants, who are charged with interfering with that state’s 2020 election results. Four of the defendants have pleaded guilty. Fulton County Prosecutor Fani Willis has said the trial could potentially last until 2025, well past the next presidential election. The judge on the case has not yet set a trial date.
(Reporting by Andy Sullivan; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)