A federal judge, U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan, has recently made a pivotal decision regarding former President Donald Trump’s federal election obstruction case scheduled for March 2024.
The judge has granted a portion of Trump’s lawyer’s request for an extension to file motions, marking a small victory for the former president’s legal team.
According to The Epoch Times report on Tuesday, October 10, this extension was sought to allow them more time to prepare their arguments in response to the case brought forward by Special Counsel Jack Smith.
However, it’s important to note that Judge Chutkan didn’t fully comply with all of Trump’s lawyers’ requests.
While she did grant an extension for filing pre-trial motions, it was significantly shorter than the sixty days requested by the defense.
The judge set the new deadline for these motions on October 23, emphasizing the urgency of the case.
She also declined Trump’s request to make certain government court filings concerning classified evidence available to the public.
In her order, Judge Chutkan expressed her reservations about extending the deadlines for dispositive motions, such as motions to dismiss, stating that lengthy extensions were not warranted.
If the requested sixty-day extension had been granted, these motions would have only been fully briefed by January 2024.
The decision comes in the wake of Trump’s legal team’s assertion that they needed more time to properly assess the classified evidence in the case.
They emphasized their pursuit of a fair opportunity for reasonable adversary proceedings regarding these materials, which they found to be inadequate during their initial review.
They argued that President Trump was entitled to additional materials held by the U.S. intelligence community and other executive branch entities.
However, it was also revealed that some members of Trump’s legal team lacked the required security clearances to access this classified evidence.
This limitation hindered their ability to make applications to the Special Counsel’s Office or the Court regarding the substance of these documents, despite their intention to transmit discovery requests and motions to compel.
Federal prosecutors countered Trump’s request for the motion to be set aside by alleging that it was an attempt to delay the proceedings.
They contended that there were not many classified documents involved in the case and that Trump’s legal team had failed to provide a sufficient basis for any extension, particularly concerning pre-trial motions.
It’s important to note that this decision regarding the extension of time for filing motions does not affect the trial’s overall schedule, which remains set for March 2024.
The next court date for this election case is scheduled for October 16, and it’s worth mentioning that former President Trump is facing legal challenges in Georgia, New York City, and Florida as well, with his plea of not guilty to all charges in these cases.