Jack Smith Secures A Big Win After Trump Was Dealt Another Blow By Judge Cannon During Trial

by Jessica

Judge Aileen Cannon, overseeing former President Donald Trump’s case involving classified documents, has denied Trump’s request to delay pretrial deadlines.

The decision deals a short-term blow to Trump, who had sought to push the trial back amid the cascading demands of his civil and criminal cases in New York, Florida, and Washington, D.C as reported by Newsweek on February 16, 2024.

Cannon acknowledged the “unusually high volume” of unclassified and classified discovery materials and the challenge of accessing certain materials, a point that Trump’s defense has argued as they press for more time.

The judge pushed several pretrial deadlines as the two sides negotiated to handle classified discovery in the case.

Trump’s attorneys had also asked Cannon to consider their request that the trial take place after the 2024 election

However, Cannon overseeing a separate case into Trump’s alleged efforts to hold on to power after the 2020 election denied a similar request by his defense to postpone a trial.

The decision to deny Trump’s request to delay deadlines in the classified documents case comes as Trump faces several legal challenges, including a hush-money criminal case involving adult film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal.

Trump has denied wrongdoing and claimed that the case is politically motivated. The classified documents case is scheduled to begin May 20, a little over two months after Trump’s Washington, D.C.-based trial on charges linked to his efforts to overturn the 2020 election is set to begin, on March 4.

Trump’s criminal case in New York over a hush-money payment is set to head to trial on March 25.

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