A federal judge ordered Friday that the trial in former President Donald Trump’s classified documents case will begin in mid-May 2024, and the Trump team responded.
“Today’s order by Judge Cannon is a major setback to the DOJ’s crusade to deny President Trump a fair legal process. The extensive schedule allows President Trump and his legal team to continue fighting this empty hoax. Crooked Joe Biden is losing and attempting to use his weaponized DOJ against his top political rival–a disgraceful and un-American abuse of power. Crooked Joe will fail and President Trump will win back the White House for the American people,” said a Trump spokesperson in a emailed statement.
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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