Justice Department Pleads With Judge to Resist Delaying Trump’s Classified Document Trial

by Gabriel Martinez
Trump's Classified Document Trial

The Justice Department pleaded with a judge on Thursday to resist any attempts by Donald Trump to delay his trial concerning classified documents, stating that there is no justification for an “indefinite” deferment as requested by his legal team.

Last month, federal prosecutors suggested a Dec. 11 trial date for Trump, who is facing 37 felony charges tied to the mishandling of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago property. The actual trial date, however, will be decided by the judge.

This week, Trump’s attorneys responded by seeking a delay. They didn’t specify an alternative date, but they argued that the case involved unique legal issues. They claimed that proceeding with a trial within six months would be “unreasonable” and might lead to a “miscarriage of justice”.

On Thursday, members of Special Counsel Jack Smith’s team, including the prosecutors, requested U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon to resist any delay to the trial beyond the recommended December date.

They refuted the claim that the defense’s intended legal arguments necessitated a trial delay, maintaining that they’ve already provided grand jury transcripts and unclassified witness testimonies. They further stated that they would present witness statements from interviews conducted up until June 23, two weeks after the indictment, in the coming week.

While the defense has claimed that a continuance was crucial due to not having received classified evidence, the prosecutors pointed out that as of Thursday, only two of the defense attorneys have applied for a security clearance to access such evidence.

Trump’s attorneys also stated that his hectic campaign schedule for the 2024 Republican nomination should be taken into account when setting a trial date. Prosecutors, however, disagreed, stating that this should not serve as grounds for an indefinite postponement.

“Many defendants facing charges have demanding jobs that require a significant amount of their time, energy, and travel,” they penned.

The Justice Department also refuted the idea that a fair jury could not be selected before the presidential election.

“Our jury system depends on the court’s authority to implement a comprehensive and effective jury selection process, and on the potential jurors’ capacity and willingness to make decisions based on the evidence and the court’s legal guidance,” they argued.

“Undoubtedly,” they continued, “we understand that the jury selection here might need extra measures (like a questionnaire) and might take longer than in other cases, but these are reasons to initiate the process sooner rather than later.”

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Trump’s Classified Document Trial

What does the Justice Department argue against in Trump’s classified document trial?

The Justice Department is arguing against the indefinite delay of Donald Trump’s classified document trial, stating that there is no valid justification for the postponement requested by Trump’s legal team.

What is Donald Trump charged with?

Donald Trump is facing 37 felony charges related to the mishandling of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate.

When is Trump’s trial expected to commence?

Federal prosecutors proposed a trial date of Dec. 11 for Trump, but the actual date will ultimately be decided by the judge.

What reasons are Trump’s lawyers citing for seeking a trial delay?

Trump’s lawyers claim the case involves unique legal issues, and that proceeding with a trial within six months would be unreasonable and could result in a miscarriage of justice. They also cite Trump’s busy campaign schedule for the 2024 Republican nomination as a factor to be considered.

How are the prosecutors responding to the defense’s request for a delay?

The prosecutors are urging the judge to resist any delay beyond the December date they recommended. They counter that they’ve already provided grand jury transcripts and unclassified witness statements, and that Trump’s demanding campaign schedule doesn’t warrant an indefinite delay. They also argue that a fair jury can be selected before the presidential election.

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NycLiz July 14, 2023 - 6:06 am

No matter what side you’re on, it’s clear this case is gonna be a huge mess.

HonestAbe2023 July 14, 2023 - 8:13 am

Seems like everyone’s trying to make a point rather than seeking justice. sad times.

PatriotGal76 July 14, 2023 - 9:17 am

trump’s always been a fighter, and he’ll fight this too! This trial won’t slow him down one bit.

FredFlinstone123 July 14, 2023 - 12:09 pm

Its bout time they hold him accountable, and now they’re trying to delay? No way!

Sunflower101 July 14, 2023 - 12:53 pm

Trump’s trial is just another political witchhunt. Just watch, he’ll come out of this stronger than ever.

TruthSeeker101 July 14, 2023 - 2:18 pm

i cant help but think this trial will just fuel more division among people, regardless of the outcome…

Jimbo1985 July 14, 2023 - 6:45 pm

Can’t believe they want to drag him into court in the middle of the campaign. Unfair doesn’t even begin to cover it…


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