Trump’s Legal Tactics Leaves Prosecutors Fuming

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Former President Donald Trump appears to have the same approach to his federal and civil cases, which is trying to get them delayed. Trump previously made headlines for his motion to have the Mar-a-Lago classified documents trial delayed until mid-November 2024, which would be after the Presidential election. The trial was originally meant to take place in May.

This was a step back on Trump’s end as previously he had argued that the Florida judge should not have yet set a date for the trial. Similarly in the election interference case against him brought by special counsel Jack Smith, Trump’s legal team had originally attempted to set the trial date for 2026.

So far, in his attempt to have the trial delayed, Trump has also tried to seek a number of limited delays, which if successful could help to push the trials after the election season.

Former federal prosecutor Ankush Khardori in reference to the smaller motions filed by Trump’s legal team argued that this was an “incremental strategy” as they did not believe that they were going to “win all at once.” He added that over time this strategy is going to allow them to push things further.

Trump’s lawyers have also filed a number of motions on more technical issues that came up before the trial which relate to both cases. One of these issues which they have attempted to use in order to delay the trial has to do with how classified information is dealt with in this trial.

The Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA) sets out the terms for the handling and presentation of classified documents.

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