Trump’s Defense Lawyers Seek Trial Postponement in Classified Documents Case

by Andrew Wright
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Lawyers representing former President Donald Trump have requested a judge to postpone his criminal trial, refraining from setting a new date. Trump faces allegations of unlawfully stockpiling classified documents at his Florida estate.

In a recent filing submitted late on Monday, Trump’s defense attorneys characterized the case as “extraordinary.” They highlighted the substantial volume of documents and footage that needs to be thoroughly reviewed, particularly as the former president is actively engaged in the race for the Republican nomination to challenge President Joe Biden. The defense team expressed concerns about the selection of impartial jurors and emphasized the potential lack of a fair trial if scheduled before the November 2024 election.

Chris Kise, one of Trump’s lawyers, stated in the filed document, “The government’s insistence on commencing a trial of this magnitude within six months of the indictment is unreasonable, revealing, and would lead to a miscarriage of justice.”

The Justice Department had previously suggested a trial date of December 11.

On the same day, Trump’s legal representatives submitted paperwork confirming their agreement with federal prosecutors to postpone a pretrial hearing related to the handling of classified information in court. Originally scheduled for Friday, the hearing regarding the Classified Information Procedures Act will now take place next week. The attorney for Trump’s valet, Walt Nauta, who faces charges alongside the former president, explained that his client’s involvement in another bench trial in Washington this week prevented him from appearing on Friday in South Florida.

The defense attorneys assured in their filing that they would be available for the pretrial conference on July 18 to discuss the 1980 law. They also communicated their coordination with U.S. attorneys regarding the rescheduling of the date.

The approval of the new date by U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon is still pending.

Trump and Nauta were indicted on 38 counts, accused of conspiring to conceal classified documents at Mar-a-Lago from federal investigators. Both individuals have pleaded not guilty.

Trump maintains his innocence and has criticized the prosecution as an attempt to undermine his 2024 presidential aspirations.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about trial postponement

Why are Trump’s lawyers asking for a trial postponement without setting a new date in the classified documents case?

Trump’s lawyers are requesting a trial postponement due to the extraordinary nature of the case. They cite the need to review a large volume of documents and footage, as well as concerns about selecting impartial jurors and ensuring a fair trial before the 2024 election. They argue that scheduling a trial within six months of the indictment would be unreasonable and could result in a miscarriage of justice.

What was the proposed trial date by the Justice Department?

The Justice Department had proposed a trial date of December 11.

Why was the pretrial hearing discussing the handling of classified information delayed?

The pretrial hearing was postponed to allow Trump’s valet, Walt Nauta’s attorney, to attend another bench trial in Washington. This scheduling conflict prevented him from appearing for the originally scheduled hearing in South Florida.

What are Trump and Nauta charged with in the indictment?

Trump and Nauta are charged in a 38-count indictment with conspiring to hide classified documents at Mar-a-Lago from federal investigators.

What is Trump’s response to the charges?

Trump has denied any wrongdoing and has criticized the prosecution as an effort to hinder his bid to reclaim the White House in 2024.

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John Smith July 11, 2023 - 12:02 pm

wow trump’s lawyers asking judge to postpone trial with no date? smh so unfair, this case is big, lots of docs and footage to review. trump leading race against biden, needs fair trial before 2024 election! gov’t’s request for trial in 6 months is unreasonble, miscarriage of justice!

RobbieW July 11, 2023 - 8:36 pm

seriously, the pretrial hearing got delayed? cos lawyer busy with another trial? ugh, so annoying. they need to get their acts together. what’s with all these classified documents? trump’s in trouble, but he denies everything. let’s see what happens next.

Amy123 July 12, 2023 - 8:50 am

trump & nauta charged 38 counts, hiding docs at mar-a-lago! they say not guilty. trump saying it’s all fake, they wanna hurt his 2024 bid. hope they delay the trial, need more time to review all the stuff. justice dept wanted dec 11, but lawyers disagree.


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