Donald Trump Asks Aileen Cannon for a Favor

by Jessica

Former President Donald Trump has asked the judge presiding over his mishandled classified documents case in Florida to delay court proceedings while he’s on trial in New York in a case involving hush money payments made to an adult film actress.

In Thursday’s filing, Trump showed his support for his lawyer’s motion asking U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon, who is presiding over the documents case, to delay some pre-trial deadlines so they have “adequate time to prepare the defense.”

Trump’s attorneys added that the hush money trial is “proceeding expeditiously, and jury selection may be completed by the end of this week.”

The filing said that “President Trump respectfully requests” an extension of the May 9 deadlines that Cannon, who was appointed by the former president, put in place “until three weeks after the conclusion of” the hush money trial.

It also reached out to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) via online form for comment. Trump is facing charges for mishandling classified documents upon leaving office in 2021 and obstructing the government’s efforts to retrieve them.

The former president was initially charged with 37 counts in June 2023, but in July 2023, three additional charges were added in a superseding incitement.

On Monday, jury selection began in the New York hush-money case against Trump, who is the presumptive 2024 Republican presidential nominee.

The court ended Tuesday with seven jurors selected, though one was dismissed Thursday morning. Twelve more are expected to be picked, including six alternates.

Following an investigation by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office, Trump was indicted in March 2023 on 34 counts of falsifying business records relating to reimbursement payments made to ex-attorney Michael Cohen for $130,000 in hush money payments Cohen made to adult film star Stormy Daniels during Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Daniels alleged that she had an affair with Trump in 2006, which he has denied.

Trump has maintained his innocence in both cases and pleaded not guilty to all charges. He has continued to say that the criminal and civil cases against him are politically motivated.

The former president’s lawyers first brought up the request for delaying deadlines for Trump’s expert disclosures and CIPA (Classified Information Procedures Act) Section 5 (a) Notice in the classified documents case in a motion last Saturday.

In the filing, they said that the hush money trial starts on April 15 and is expected to take at least six weeks. “The May 9 deadlines would deny President Trump his constitutional right to participate in critical aspects of his defense and infringe on his constitutional right to counsel of his choice in the case,” Trump’s attorneys previously argued.

DOJ’s special counsel Jack Smith, who is leading the prosecution of the classified documents case, filed a response to Trump’s initial motion last Sunday, urging Cannon to reject Trump’s “latest delay tactic and maintain the established deadline.”

“The defendants have had ample notice that these deadlines would be scheduled and have already had months to complete the work,” Smith argued in the filing, adding that Trump has “capable local counsel who can contribute to the work.”

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