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Donald Trump Wants His Classified Documents Trial Delayed

Donald Trump Requests Trial Delay – Submitted just 30 minutes before a deadline of midnight, Tuesday, July 11th, former President Donald Trump’s legal team submitted a filing requesting that a criminal trial relating to his alleged criminal hoarding of classified materials be delayed.

Donald Trump speaking to supporters at an immigration policy speech at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Image Credit: Creative Commons.
Donald Trump speaking to supporters at an immigration policy speech at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Donald Trump Requests Trial Delay – Submitted just 30 minutes before a deadline of midnight, Tuesday, July 11th, former President Donald Trump’s legal team submitted a filing requesting that a criminal trial relating to his alleged criminal hoarding of classified materials be delayed. The move could potentially delay proceedings so much that a decision could not be made about the case until after the presidential election in November, 2024. 

In the Monday night filing, Trump’s lawyers asked the judge overseeing the case in Florida to postpone the trial, arguing that there is “no reason for any expedited trial.”

“Proceeding to trial during the pendency of a Presidential election cycle wherein opposing candidates are effectively (if not literally) directly adverse to one another in this action will create extraordinary challenges in the jury selection process and limit the Defendants’ ability to secure a fair and impartial adjudication,” lawyers wrote in the filing.

The filing comes in response to a request from the Department of Justice to set the trial date for mid-December, ensuring that the trial played out throughout 2024 – the year that the Republican and Democratic nominees are set to go head-to-head in a series of debates. 

Trump’s legal defense team argued that the case has a significant impact on the perception of American democracy, with the court presiding over a prosecution “advanced by the administration of a sitting President against his chief political rival, himself a leading candidate for the Presidency of the United States.”

The filing also argued that it would prove to be a challenge for the former president to fully prepare for the trial as a presidential election is already on the way. The trial, therefore, would impact President Joe Biden’s main rival’s ability to properly challenge him in a fair election. 

Chris Kise, one of the former president’s lawyers who submitted the filing, said that the Biden administration’s request to start a trial “of this magnitude” within six months was “unreasonable, telling, and would result in a miscarriage of justice.”

Kise also said that pushing ahead with the trial so rapidly could present challenges with regard to choosing jury members who can provide “fair and impartial adjudication.” 

Trump’s lawyers argued that the trial should, therefore, be postponed – however, the filing came shortly after his team, on the same day, earlier suggested that July 18 would be an acceptable date for the first appearance before the judge to take place. 

Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive’s Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.