Fmr. Pres. Trump’s Classified Documents Trial Postponed

May 8, 2024

The Court therefore vacates the current May 20, 2024, trial date … 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.

United States District Judge Aileen Cannon in a ruling on Tuesday indefinitely postponing the classified documents trial against former President Donald Trump.

Why It Matters: Former President Trump currently faces 40 felony counts regarding allegations he willfully kept national security documents and hid them from government authorities after leaving the White House in 2021. He has pleaded not guilty and denied any wrongdoing in the case. In Judge Cannon’s Tuesday ruling, she references questions as to how classified information will be dealt with during the trial, also stating, “additional pretrial and trial preparations [are] necessary to present this case to a jury.” Judge Cannon’s ruling brings further uncertainty as to whether President Trump – the assumed Republican presidential nominee – will face a federal criminal trial before November’s presidential election.

Big Picture: President Trump currently faces four criminal cases (two federal, two state). His criminal trial in New York City is currently in its third week of testimony. This case addresses charges of falsifying business records in connection with so-called “hush money payments” reportedly used to cover up stories of extramarital affairs before the 2016 election. The New York case is the first, and potentially only, criminal case to go to trial before November’s presidential election. The former president has publicly claimed the cases are politically motivated.

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Read the ruling HERE.

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by Leah Grainery, based in Texas