Judge Postpones Trump’s Classified Documents Case Indefinitely

(NewsReady.com) – The FBI raided former President Donald Trump’s home in August 2022. Authorities found boxes of classified material in the raid. That led to multiple federal charges and a trial date for the end of May. The judge presiding over the case has postponed it for the foreseeable future.

On May 7, US District Judge Aileen Cannon ruled that Trump’s trial would not begin on May 20 as originally scheduled. She said there are too many legal rules and deadlines related to the use of classified evidence in a public criminal trial that need to be decided and met. In her ruling, she stated that she could not set a trial date until those issues were settled.

In March, the former president’s legal team asked Cannon to set a trial date for after the 2024 election. Trump is hoping he will win the presidential race, which would allow him to pick an attorney general who would drop the criminal cases against him. Prosecutors argued the Republican nominee had enough time to prepare for trial and asked the judge to set a date for some time in July.

Trump appointed Cannon to the bench during his first administration. Democrats have repeatedly accused her of delaying the court proceedings to help the former president win the election. However, there’s no evidence that’s what’s happening.

Court cases involving classified material are known for moving slowly because they must follow strict rules laid out by the Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA). Cannon is also relatively new to the bench and has moved more slowly than other judges might.

The news that the case was delayed indefinitely means the trial will almost certainly not happen before the November election. However, Cannon has set multiple pre-trial motions through July 22, indicating the case will proceed.

The other federal case against Trump is also paused while the US Supreme Court decides whether the former president has complete immunity.

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