The trial of John Huang, the former lawyer who tried Hillary Clinton for fraud in the Whitewater scandal, is expected to start Thursday.
Prosecutors have asked the judge to set a trial date for May 6.
Huang pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
He is accused of trying to extort $500 million from the Clintons in return for his cooperation in the probe of a scheme to defraud the government of $3.5 million.
Prosecutors said they have no evidence Huang was the mastermind behind the scheme, which took place from 1996 to 1999.
The case has already taken an emotional toll on Huang, who is known to be a former member of the Ku Klux Klan and who often spoke of his admiration for former President Bill Clinton.
The trial is expected at least partly to answer the question of why Clinton’s office in the 1990s fired Huang after he was accused of lying to the government.
Prosecutors say Huang’s lawyers, who were hired to represent him in a civil lawsuit against the Clintons, were paid more than $2 million by the Clintons and Huang.
He says his lawyers were hired in part to help him avoid testifying.
He said his lawyers made a series of false claims about Clinton, including that he lied to the FBI about the nature of his relationship with Huang.
The defense has argued that the Clintons are responsible for the fraud, not Huang.