Trump Attorneys Recommended August Start for His Classified Documents Trial

( – Former president Donald Trump and his legal team have been trying to delay the start of his federal trial regarding his alleged mishandling of classified documents when he left office in 2020. The Trump team asserts that Trump cannot receive a fair trial during the presidential election and have accused the opposition of trying to rush the trial.

Special counsel Jack Smith has asked for the trial to begin July 8 for Trump and his two co-defendants, political aide Walt Nauta, and property staffer Carlos De Oliveira. With the July start date, prosecutors could reasonably expect the trial to end before election day on November 5. In an apparent attempt to find some middle ground, attorneys for former president Trump made a filing suggesting a start date for the trial of August 12, however, they made it clear that they still believe it should be delayed until after the election.

If U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon accepts the August start date, it could conflict with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ plans to begin Trump’s trial in relation to alleged election interference, as her office is also looking to begin their trial in August. Trump’s legal team has made the argument that it cannot be a constitutionally fair trial until after the Supreme Court has heard and made a decision regarding his motions to dismiss the charges based on what they refer to as selective and vindictive prosecution, and in context of presidential immunity and the Presidential Records Act.

Although Trump and both of his co-defendants have pleaded not guilty to all charges, he was indicted on the documents case in June. He was also slapped with an additional charge of obstructing the investigation. His Manhattan hush-money trial, which he has also entered a not guilty plea for, is scheduled to begin on March 25, making it the only one of the four pending trials Trump is facing to have a firm start date so far. Meanwhile, he is still campaigning for the presidential election for 2024, and despite Democrat efforts, still on the ballots.

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