Federal judge postpones Trump's classified records trial with no new date


Former President Trump’s classified records trial stemming from Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation has been postponed with no new date, Fox News has learned.

The trial was set to begin on May 20, but Judge Aileen Cannon of the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida postponed that date to Tuesday.

In a filing Tuesday, Cannon said that due to the "myriad and interconnected pre-trial" issues "remaining and forthcoming," it would be "imprudent and inconsistent with the Court's duty to fully and fairly consider the various pending pre-trial motions."

"The Court therefore vacates the current May 20, 2024, trial date (and associated calendar call), to be reset by separate order following resolution of the matters before the Court, consistent with Defendants’ right to due process and the public’s interest in the fair and efficient administration of justice," Cannon wrote.

In the filing, Cannon listed the dates of pre-trial deadlines to manage "pending discovery and disclosure matters" and to "adjudicate pre-trial motions before the Court."

Cannon scheduled a hearing on May 8, a hearing on May 20 and a nonevidentiary hearing for defendant Waltine Nauta’s motion to dismiss on May 22.

Cannon also scheduled deadlines for reports on May 31, June 10, June 17 and another nonevidentiary hearing on a motion to dismiss on June 21, "based on unlawful appointment and funding of special counsel."

The judge also said an additional hearing would take place from June 24 to June 26 and set deadlines for disclosures from the special counsel for early July and the defendants’ speedy trial report for July 19 – the final day of the Republican National Convention.

Cannon scheduled a status conference for July 22 and another hearing for later that day.

Cannon did not schedule a new trial date.

Trump was charged out of Smith’s investigation into his retention of classified materials. Trump pleaded not guilty to all 37 felony charges from Smith’s probe, including willful retention of national defense information, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and false statements.

Trump was also charged with an additional three counts as part of a superseding indictment out of the investigation: an additional count of willful retention of national defense information and two additional obstruction counts.... (Read more)

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