In a recent development in the legal proceedings against ex-President Donald Trump, the presiding federal judge, Aileen Cannon, has postponed the trial concerning classified documents. This decision coincides with the preferences of Trump’s defense team, as reported by Conservative Brief on November 4, 2023.
Special Counsel Jack Smith, who is in charge of the prosecution, was gearing up for the trial’s commencement in May 2024, but will now have to wait. Journalist Julie Kelly, closely monitoring the legal process, indicated that this outcome was anticipated.
In her court updates, Kelly reported a halt in pre-trial deadlines awaiting a formal ruling. Earlier indications from the week suggested that Judge Cannon was considering a postponement due to a range of issues such as extensive evidence examination, procedural delays, the late establishment of a secure evidence review site, and clashes with Trump’s legal proceedings timetable.
Trump’s attorneys have been pushing for the trial to be rescheduled after the 2024 presidential elections, arguing that a trial amidst the election campaign could compromise the jury selection process and the fairness of the trial, according to Politico.
Concurrently, Trump is facing another legal battle over ‘election interference,’ with that trial set to begin in March in Washington, D.C. His lawyers have expressed concern about the potential for the two cases to interfere with one another.
The delay in the classified documents trial may attract criticism. Nevertheless, Julie Kelly attributes the blame to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for initiating two historic federal cases against a former president in quick succession.
She also noted that in the Washington D.C. case, the DOJ sought and was granted a speedy trial timeline, and Judge Tanya Chutkan allocated seven months for trial preparation, which aligns with typical precedents for cases associated with the January 6 incident.
In a related development, Special Counsel Smith may be nearing the end of his probe into the alleged election interference by Trump’s campaign post-2020 election. Smith’s team has retracted subpoenas for records from the Trump campaign, hinting at a possible conclusion or downscaling of this segment of the investigation.
Trump’s legal representatives have consistently held that the financial investigation into fundraising activities is unlikely to lead to criminal charges, emphasizing the difficulty in distinguishing between the hyperbolic language of political fundraising and actual criminal conduct.