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Trump Asks for Indefinite Postponement of Document Trial



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Former President Donald Trump's attorneys have asked the federal judge overseeing the classified document case to postpone the trial date indefinitely.

If the judge grants the motion, his trial date may be postponed until after the 2024 election. Trump is the Republican primary frontrunner in 2024.

Trump's attorneys claimed that the proceeding should be postponed until “substantive motions” in the case are decided. “This extraordinary case presents a serious challenge to both the fact and perception of our American democracy,” the former president's lawyers wrote.

“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,” they contended. “Therefore, a measured consideration and timeline that allows for a careful and complete review of the procedures that led to this indictment and the unprecedented legal issues presented herein best serves the interests of the defendants and the public.”

They also suggested that Trump's status as the “likely” Republican nominee should be considered. “President Trump is running for president of the United States and is currently the likely Republican Party nominee,” they wrote. “This undertaking requires a tremendous amount of time and energy, and that effort will continue until the election on Nov. 5, 2024.”

“This schedule makes trial preparation with both of the defendants challenging. Such preparation requires significant planning and time,” they went on to say..

“There is simply no question any trial of this action during the pendency of a presidential election will impact both the outcome of that election,” they added, “and, importantly, the ability of the defendants to obtain a fair trial.”

According to the New York Times, the motion is in response to Special Counsel Jack Smith's request for a December 11 trial date. The case was initially set for August by the judge.

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