Trump Back In Court As Florida Judge Considers Delay In Classified Documents Trial


Former President Donald Trump appeared in a Florida court on Friday amidst speculation about the timing of his criminal trial regarding alleged mishandling of classified documents.

Scheduled for May, the trial’s start remains uncertain due to disputes over evidence accessibility. Prosecutors advocate for a July 8th start, while Trump’s team prefers a post-election date in November or August.

However, Judge Aileen Cannon, a Trump appointee, refrained from setting a trial date during the three-hour session. Instead, she deliberated with both parties on pre-trial procedures, indicating a potential summer trial.

Deputy Special Counsel Jay Bratt affirmed the possibility of a summer trial, while Trump’s attorney, Todd Blanche, proposed a late November start to prevent undue pressure on preparation.

Blanche highlighted Trump’s impending trial in New York concerning payments to Stormy Daniels, scheduled from late March to mid-May. Judge Cannon deemed the government’s proposed pre-trial deadlines as “unrealistic,” suggesting flexibility in the timeline.

Trump, facing 40 felony charges, is accused of retaining sensitive documents at Mar-a-Lago post-presidency and obstructing their retrieval. His aides Walt Nauta and Carlos de Oliveira are co-indicted. Trump, poised to secure the Republican nomination, labels the cases as politically motivated. His legal team has consistently sought trial delays, citing constitutional rights and campaign engagement.

Critics accuse Judge Cannon of delaying proceedings, initially hinting at postponement last November due to voluminous evidence. Despite recent rulings favoring prosecutors on evidence disclosure, the trial’s start date remains undecided. This uncertainty affects Trump’s other court dates, including the Stormy Daniels case in New York and federal charges in Washington.

Trump’s legal battles extend to Georgia, where a trial awaits scheduling amidst attempts to replace the district attorney overseeing prosecution. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court deliberates Trump’s immunity claim in the Washington case.