(TheRedWire.com) – Judge Aileen Cannon agreed on Friday that there would not be a delay in handling the classified documents case and that the trial date would be kept to May 20, 2024.
Former President Donald Trump’s legal team has been pushing for a delay in the trial of the classified documents case.
While the judge did not agree to move the trial date, she did state that the topic would be revisited in early March once the discovery had ended. She has also altered some of the pretrial dates. However, it is not yet clear whether those are going to have any effect on the trial timeline.
Trump’s team has been pushing to delay all the different trials against Trump until after the 2024 presidential election. However, three of the four cases have already been scheduled, including the federal election interference case, which is set to start on March 4.
In the classified documents, Trump is facing a total of 40 felony counts, out of which 31 counts are for willful retention of classified documents.
Last week, Cannon heard arguments on the Florida case scheduled. Her Friday order was surprising as her previous comments had shown that she was willing to consider delaying the trial.
As part of the arguments made by Trump’s team, they noted that the trial in Florida needed to be postponed as the trial date could conflict with the dates of the election interference trial.
However, Special Counsel Jack Smith warned Cannon in a motion not to be “manipulated” by the arguments made by the defense, as they had failed to disclose that Trump was attempting to get a delay in the federal election interference case as well.
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