Federal judge agrees to postpone Trump classified documents case until May 2024 News
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Federal judge agrees to postpone Trump classified documents case until May 2024

US Federal District Judge Aileen Cannon agreed Thursday to postpone the trial date for the criminal classified documents retention case against former US President Donald Trump. Originally, the case was set to proceed to trial on August 14. However, under Cannon’s new order, the trial is now set to begin in Fort Pierce, Florida on May 20, 2024 and will last approximately two weeks.

Previously, Department of Justice Special Counsel Jack Smith had pushed for a December trial date. Trump’s legal counsel had countered by filing a motion to indefinitely postpone the trial. Trump argued that the trial had to be postponed until at least after the November 2024 presidential election because he is currently a candidate for the Republican Party nomination.

In her Thursday motion, Cannon selected a trial date approximately halfway between the two sides’ suggested dates. Cannon rejected Trump’s effort to indefinitely postpone the trial but noted that the government’s suggested timeline was “atypically accelerated and inconsistent with ensuring a fair trial.”

In support of her reasoning, Cannon pointed to the fact that there is a significant amount of discovery for Trump’s legal counsel to review. In their filing, the defense stated there are over 800,000 pages of records and over 120,000 emails to review, as well as CCTV footage. Cannon acknowledged that the amount of document and video review required in this case would have been difficult for the defense to parse through by the government’s suggested December trial date. She also noted that the review is made all the more complicated by the classified nature of the discovery materials.

Because the trial date was moved, the rest of the schedule for the trial shifted. As a result, the next date in the case is slated for July 27, when Cannon will hear pre-trial motions for a protective order.

Trump is charged with and has pleaded not guilty to 37 criminal counts, including the willful retention of national defense information and conspiracy to obstruct justice. He is charged alongside his former aide, Waltine Nauta, who also faces and has pleaded not guilty to six criminal charges.