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Judge Sets May 2024 Trial Date In Trump Classified Documents Case

A federal judge ordered Friday that the trial in former President Donald Trump's classified documents case will begin in mid-May 2024.
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A federal judge ordered Friday that the trial in former President Donald Trump’s classified documents case will begin in mid-May 2024.

US District Judge Aileen Cannon scheduled jury selection to begin on May 14 at the federal courthouse in Ft. Pierce, Florida. She said a two-week trial period would then begin on May 20.

In June, Special Counsel Jack Smith filed a motion to delay the trial of Trump on charges related to the alleged handling of classified documents Friday.

Smith filed the motions before U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, seeking to move the trial to December instead of the scheduled August 14 trial date, ABC News reported.

Smith’s filings cited the need to ensure sufficient time for Trump’s defense attorneys to receive security clearances to examine the material.

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Trump entered a plea of “not guilty” to all counts during his arraignment on June 13, after the special counsel secured a grand jury indictment on 37 counts, including violations of the Espionage Act, unsealed on June 9. Trump claimed the documents were declassified before the indictment.

According to ABC News, Smith also filed a motion requesting to keep the names of witnesses that Trump and Walt Nauta would be ordered not to discuss the trial with under seal.

Cannon, who Trump appointed to the federal bench in May 2020, will reportedly preside over the criminal case brought against Trump regarding handling classified documents.

Cannon previously ordered the appointment of a special master to review documents seized during the Aug. 8 raid on Mar-a-Lago, the Florida estate Trump owns, but the ruling was later overturned on appeal.

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