U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon has decided to grant a delay in former President Donald Trump's case, which pertains to his handling of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago. The trial, originally scheduled for May 20, 2024, will not proceed as planned, offering a favorable development for Trump's legal team.
The news of this delay was reported by OANN correspondent Daniel Baldwin, who noted that the official announcement was imminent, providing a noteworthy update on the case.
Conservative reporter Julie Kelly closely follows the case and has attributed the trial's delay to the actions of Biden's Justice Department special counsel, Jack Smith. Smith initiated not one but two federal cases against Trump, including a superseding indictment containing an extensive 1.3 million documents and thousands of hours of video surveillance. Judge Cannon emphasized the importance of granting Trump's lawyers access to this substantial evidence, which some consider to be excessive.
Judge Aileen Cannon appears set to delay Trump's classified document schedule.
We'll know more details soon, but there is a very real chance the trial date of May 20, 2024 is postponed which would be a massive win for the Trump legal team. pic.twitter.com/OVMCQPnR6D
— Daniel Baldwin (@baldwin_daniel_) November 3, 2023
Prosecutors argue that Trump's motivation for delaying the trial is to wait until after the 2024 election, where he might have the opportunity to resolve both federal cases if he returns to the presidency. However, Smith and his team have faced criticism for their tactics, including their claim that some evidence is too classified to be revealed to Trump's defense and their attempt to keep the documents and videos in Washington, D.C., despite the trial taking place in Florida.
One of the charges against Trump pertains to making false statements, even though he was not interviewed by the FBI following their raid on Mar-a-Lago. The absence of an interview raises questions about how he can be charged with lying in this context, a point that Trump's lawyers are prepared to contest.
An intriguing aspect of the case emerges when Smith mentions an emoji in an email, which relates to the alleged destruction of security footage at Mar-a-Lago before the raid. Trump's legal team plans to subpoena the FBI agents involved in the raid and camera deactivation, which could lead to unexpected developments.
In summary, Trump's legal team appears to be benefiting from recent developments, with criticism directed at Smith and his team for their questionable tactics. The trial promises to be an interesting and contentious affair as it unfolds.