(PartiallyPolitics.com) – On Tuesday, Federal Judge Aileen Cannon declined the request to schedule the Mar-a-Lago case trial after former President Donald Trump’s legal team attempted to get an indefinite delay to the trial. The Department of Justice prosecutor’s along with Trump’s attorneys held a meeting in the Florida courtroom for more than 2 hours trying to set a schedule for the case.
Prosecutors have requested that the trial start in December, arguing that it is not a complex case and thus, there is no reason to have any delays. However, Trump’s team has argued for the opposite, claiming that they need to have enough time to look through all the material, while Trump is going to be busy with his 2024 presidential campaign making setting a day for the trial tougher.
Prosecutor David Harbach argued that Trump’s legal team has repeatedly claimed that he should get different treatment because he is a presidential candidate. However, Harbach argued that Trump should be handled in the same manner as everyone else.
The request by Trump’s team for an indefinite delay was unprecedented, however during Tuesday’s conference his attorneys suggested the possibility of the trial being delayed and moved close to election day. Attorney Todd Blanche specifically expressed a preference for “mid-November” or later in the year.
Cannon, a Trump appointee, is not completely supportive of the December trial date, or the idea of not setting a date for the trial at all.
Trump and his co-defendant Walt Nauta have both pleaded not guilty to the 38-count indictment that alleges they conspired to hide classified documents from the Justice Department in Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate after he left office in January 2021.
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