A Florida judge has agreed to delay pretrial hearings in Donald Trump’s classified documents trial, which his legal team has been arguing for months. The trial is due to begin on May 20, and Trump wants it delayed until after the 2024 election.
Cannon, a Trump appointee, said she would make “reasonable adjustments” to the schedule, such as deadlines for pretrial filings, but did not say she planned to delay the trial date. Trump’s lawyers have been arguing for months over the disclosure of classified documents, which can only be viewed at special secure rooms set up in South Florida. Trump’s indictment in the election case, which occurred days after Cannon set her initial timeline for the document case, “completely disrupted everything about the schedule your honor set,” Trump lawyer Todd Blanche told Cannon.
A prosecutor in the Florida case urged Cannon not to delay the case, stating that the court really cannot let the D.C. trial drive the schedule here. Trump is charged with illegally retaining sensitive materials after he left the White House in January 2021 and attempting to obstruct the federal attempt to retrieve the documents from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.