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Trump Classified Documents Trial Set for May 2024

Anna Hickey
Friday, July 21, 2023, 11:03 AM
Judge Aileen Cannon rejected Trump’s request to begin the trial after the 2024 presidential election.

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On July 21, Judge Aileen Cannon granted in part the government’s proposed trial schedule for United States of America v. Donald Trump and Waltine Nauta. Former President Donald Trump and his former aide, co-defendant Walt Nauta, were charged with 37 counts of mishandling classified documents, making false statements and representations, and obstruction of justice. 

Judge Cannon rejected the defense’s attempt to delay the trial until after the 2024 presidential election, and rejected the government’s proposed start date of December 2023 in part because "discovery in this case is exceedingly voluminous and will require substantial time to review and digest in accordance with Defendants’ right to a fair trial." 

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Anna Hickey is the associate editor for communications of Lawfare. She holds a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies: communications, legal studies, economics, and government with a minor in international studies from American University.

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