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Trump Argues Florida Trial Should Be Held After The Election As Judge Considers Schedule

In a court filing ahead of Friday's hearing date, former President Donald Trump asked Judge Eileen Cannon to postpone the classified documents trial until after the 2024 election.

Trump has already Arrived At the courthouse for the hearing of Cannon, who was appointed by President Trump. consider They requested that the trial, currently scheduled for May 20, be postponed. Special Counsel Jack Smith said in a court filing Thursday. was suggested Inauguration day is July 8th, but Trump will again I was demanded to The court postponed the trial until after the 2024 election, but proposed an alternative start date of August 12.

“As a front-runner in the 2024 election, President Trump has been adamant that a fair trial cannot be conducted in a constitutional manner this year, and the Sixth Amendment does not allow him to do so.” have the right to attend and participate in the trial of Above all, “Mr. Trump has a First Amendment right that he shares with the American people to participate in campaign speeches,” Trump's lawyers said. claimed in Thursday's filing. (Related: Supreme Court takes up President Trump's immunity appeal)

The filing includes a timeline that stacks primary election dates and other legal deadlines alongside President Trump's proposed schedule.

Under President Trump's proposed August start date, the trial would begin after the Republican National Convention, set for July 15-18, followed by a March hearing in the New York hush-money lawsuit and the Supreme Court's four-day trial seeking to throw out the election. It will be held after oral arguments in May. Cases of interference based on presidential privilege.

Holding a trial before an election would violate established Department of Justice (DOJ) norms and rules that prohibit actions that influence elections, the filing argues.

“Given President Trump's status as the Republican nominee and President Biden's biggest political rival, this year's trial also violates Judicial Manual §9-85.500, which applies to the Office of Special Counsel. Therefore, “acts that may have an impact on society” are prohibited. His lawyers argued that established Justice Department norms, which former officials cited when speaking about Hillary Clinton rather than President Trump, consist of “the general principle of avoiding election interference.”

In Georgia, efforts to disqualify Fani Willis, the Fulton County district attorney in the extortion case against Trump, because of the financial benefits she received from appointing her boyfriend, Nathan Wade, as special prosecutor. The judge is scheduled to make closing arguments on Friday.

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