In a recent court filing, former President Donald Trump’s defense team has requested a delay in the trial related to classified documents in Florida. They argue that there is no need for an expedited trial. The Justice Department, on the other hand, has proposed a mid-December trial date. Trump’s defense team has urged the court to withdraw the current trial order and consider postponing the new trial date.
The former president’s lawyers wrote in the filing:
“Proceeding to trial during the pendency of a Presidential election cycle wherein opposing candidates are effectively (if not literally) directly adverse to one another in this action will create extraordinary challenges in the jury selection process and limit the Defendants’ ability to secure a fair and impartial adjudication,”
“This extraordinary case presents a serious challenge to both the fact and perception of our American democracy. The Court now presides over a prosecution advanced by the administration of a sitting President against his chief political rival, himself a leading candidate for the Presidency of the United States.”
In an earlier filing, both Trump’s defense team and the special counsel’s office have suggested July 18 as a suitable date for the initial appearance before Judge Aileen Cannon regarding classified information procedures.
While Trump entered a not guilty plea on June 13, his co-defendant Walt Nauta was only able to enter his not guilty plea last week due to delays in securing legal representation in Florida.