According to reports, U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon will postpone the commencement of the classified document case brought forth by special counsel Jack Smith on behalf of former President Donald Trump.
Journalist Julie Kelly, who covered the pre-trial hearing in Miami this week, posted on X, “As expected, Judge Cannon will delay the trial schedule in Jack Smith’s classified documents case against Trump.”
She posted an announcement from the court Friday stating “pre-trial deadlines temporarily stayed pending order to follow.”
BREAKING: As expected, Judge Cannon will delay the trial schedule in Jack Smith's classified documents case against Trump. Details to follow pic.twitter.com/NLuZjF7ckG
— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) November 3, 2023
On Wednesday, Kelly had noted the May 20, 2024, start date may get pushed back.
“Just left classified docs case hearing in Judge Cannon courtroom,” she wrote. “She will consider a modified trial schedule given numerous issues including voluminous discovery, discovery delays, late delivery of secure location to review evidence and Trump’s conflicting trial schedules.”
NEW: Just left classified docs case hearing in Judge Cannon courtroom. She will consider a modified trial schedule given numerous issues including voluminous discovery, discovery delays, late delivery of secure location to review evidence and Trump’s conflicting trial schedules.
— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) November 1, 2023
Cannon told the attorneys, “I’m just having a hard time seeing how realistically this work can be accomplished in this compressed period of time, given the realities that we’re facing,” according to Politico.
Trump’s legal team wants the trial delayed until after next year’s November election.
“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,” the lawyers wrote in a July court filing.
The special counsel’s election interference case, which is scheduled to commence in Washington in March, would prevent Trump’s attorneys from adequately preparing for the documents case in May, they informed Cannon on Wednesday.
The attorneys argued that the trial for election interference could last for months, slamming into the documents case in May if the current start date persists.
In total, Trump is confronted with 91 felony indictments, which were filed against him by Smith and Democratic prosecutors from Fulton County, Georgia, and New York City.
Kelly posted on X regarding the expected trial delay, “You will see much caterwauling by corporate media types and usual suspects like [Andrew] Weissmann and [Barb] McQuade how Cannon is doing Trump’s bidding.”
“But the blame lies SOLELY at the feet of DOJ. Jack Smith brought 2 unprecedented federal cases against a former president within two months of each other,” she added.
“He asked for, and was granted, an expedited trial schedule in D.C. Judge [Tanya] Chutkan gave Trump 7 months to prepare for trial–the typical J6 case goes to trial over a year after indictment.”
As an Obama appointee, Chutkan is supervising the Trump election interference case.
MSNBC legal analysts Weissmann and McQuade, according to Kelly, will criticize Cannon on account of her 2020 appointment to the federal bench by Trump.
Weissmann served as a federal prosecutor during the Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, which examined claims of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia throughout the 2016 presidential election. He had made a contribution to the campaign of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016.
Kelly explained additional reasons Cannon will apparently delay the trial writing, “The classified docs trial represents major obstacles to defense (Trump and 2 co-defendants) as they attempt to view classified discovery in a Miami SCIF the government just set up on October 18. All attorneys had to obtain security clearances.”
“Discovery is voluminous–1.3 million pages of unclassified, 5,500 pages of classified, and years’ worth of security footage from Trump’s properties,” she continued.
“Further, Smith brought a superseding indictment in classified docs case several weeks after June indictment was handed down, adding another defendant and more charges against Trump. Smith is playing games–Chutkan lets him, Cannon doesn’t,” Kelly concluded.