The federal judge overseeing former President Donald Trump’s classified documents case signaled that she would consider postponing the coming May trial, according to Politico.
Trump’s lawyers requested in early October that the trial be delayed until “at least mid-November 2024,” after the 2024 election, citing scheduling conflicts with other trials along with delays in record production by Special Counsel Jack Smith’s team. U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon did not issue a ruling during a Wednesday hearing but was skeptical that the original schedule could still be met, according to Politico.
“I’m having a hard time seeing how this work can be accomplished realistically in this period of time,” Cannon said, according to CNN. Justice Department prosecutor Jay Bratt urged Cannon to maintain the current schedule.
“I’m not seeing in your position a level of understanding to these realities,” Cannon told Bratt, according to CNN.
Cannon said she would make “reasonable adjustments” to the trial schedule “as soon as possible,” though she did not explicitly promise to change the trial date, Politico reported.
In the District of Columbia, District Judge Tanya Chutkan set Trump’s 2020 election trial date for March 4. Trump lawyer Todd Blanche told Cannon that Trump’s indictment shortly after the timeline for his Florida trial was decided “completely disrupted everything about the schedule your honor set,” Politico reported.
Trump was indicted on 37 counts in June in relation to his alleged mishandling of classified documents.
Katelynn Richardson on November 2, 2023