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Trial for Trump’s Florida Case on Classified Documents Set for May Next Year

by Ryan Lee
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Trump's Classified Documents Trial

Former President Donald Trump will face trial in May next year, as per the schedule set by a federal judge in Florida, for the alleged illegal possession of hundreds of classified documents.

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon decided on the May 20, 2024 trial date this Friday. This date is a middle ground between the prosecutors’ preference for a trial this December and the defense attorneys’ request for a delay until after the 2024 presidential election.

The trial date, if it remains unchanged, would be shortly after a separate New York trial where Trump faces several state charges related to false business records linked to a purported hush money payment to an adult film actor. This would also imply that the trial commences amidst the presidential nominee selection process, likely after the Republican nominee is chosen but before their official nomination at the Republican National Convention.

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In postponing the trial from the original start date of Dec. 11 proposed by the Justice Department, Judge Cannon stated, “the Government’s proposed schedule is atypically accelerated and inconsistent with ensuring a fair trial.” She concurred with the defense’s claim about the sheer volume of evidence, including classified information, requiring review before the trial.

Judge Cannon opined, “The Court finds that the interests of justice served by this continuance outweigh the best interest of the public and Defendants in a speedy trial.”

Trump may have to face additional trials in the coming year. This week he disclosed that he had been informed he was a target of another separate Justice Department investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results, suggesting potential charges could be imminent. Moreover, within a few weeks, prosecutors in Georgia plan to make an announcement regarding charging decisions in an investigation into alleged attempts by Trump and his allies to undermine the vote in that state.

The upcoming trial will take place in a federal courthouse in Fort Pierce, Florida. The charges stem from a 38-count indictment filed last month by Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith, which accuses Trump of deliberately keeping classified documents, including top-secret records, at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach and conspiring with his valet, Walt Nauta, to conceal them from investigators.

Both Trump and Nauta have pleaded not guilty to the charges.


Contributions to this report were made by Big Big News writers Jill Colvin and Michael R. Sisak in New York.

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

When is the trial date for Trump’s classified documents case in Florida?

The trial date for the classified documents case against Donald Trump in Florida is set for May 20, 2024.

Who set the trial date?

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon set the trial date for this case.

Why was the trial date set for May 2024, rather than December 2023 as the prosecutors requested?

Judge Aileen Cannon felt that the prosecutors’ proposed schedule was unusually accelerated and not conducive to ensuring a fair trial. She agreed with defense attorneys about the large volume of evidence, including classified information, that needed to be reviewed before the trial could commence.

What are the charges against Donald Trump in this case?

The charges against Donald Trump stem from a 38-count indictment filed by the Justice Department special counsel, Jack Smith. It accuses Trump of deliberately hoarding classified documents, including top-secret records, at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach and conspiring with his valet, Walt Nauta, to hide them from investigators.

Are there any other legal issues that Donald Trump is facing?

Yes, in addition to this case, Trump is facing a separate trial in New York on several state charges related to false business records linked to an alleged hush money payment to an adult film actor. He also disclosed that he is a target of a separate Justice Department investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. Moreover, prosecutors in Georgia are set to announce their charging decisions in an investigation into alleged attempts by Trump and his allies to undermine the vote in that state.

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7 comments

NeutralObserver July 21, 2023 - 8:20 pm

really… another trial for Trump? Guess I’ll grab my popcorn and watch the show unfold.

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JohnDoe123 July 22, 2023 - 12:00 am

omg! can’t believe this trial thing still going on… like when will it end??

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SunshineStateResident July 22, 2023 - 3:03 am

As a Florida resident, I can’t wait for this to be over. The media circus is already descending on Fort Pierce!

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LegalEagle July 22, 2023 - 3:33 am

Interesting to see what will come out of this trial. Seems like a ton of evidence to sift through…

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LibertyBelle July 22, 2023 - 8:08 am

trump again?!! When are they gonna give it a rest.. can’t they see he is innocent

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PoliSciJunkie July 22, 2023 - 10:06 am

Looks like 2024 will be another circus year. First the election, then the trial… politics never gets boring!

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RedWhiteBlue July 22, 2023 - 1:43 pm

trump always keeps things exciting. 2024 is gonna be one helluva ride!

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