The legal team for former President Trump has asked the federal court presiding over the lawsuit involving the secret documents to postpone the trial date indefinitely.
His trial date may be postponed past the 2024 election if the judge allows the petition. Trump is the front-runner in the Republican primaries for 2024.
The procedure shouldn’t begin, according to Trump’s attorneys, until “substantive motions” in the case have been decided. “This extraordinary case poses a serious challenge in terms of the fact and perception that surround our American democracy,” argued Trump’s attorneys.
They said that “the court now presides over an indictment launched by the government of the current president versus his chief political rival, who is himself the leading contender for the position of president of the United States. Therefore, the interests of both the defendants as well as the public are best served by a balanced consideration and timeframe that permits a careful thorough review of the processes that have led to this indictment and the novel legal concerns presented herein.”
Additionally, they suggested that Trump’s status as the “likely” GOP nominee needed to be taken into account. “President Trump is running for president of the United States and is at present the most probable Republican Party nominee,” they stated. “Until the election on November 5, 2024, a significant amount of effort and time will be put into this project.”
“This timeline makes it difficult to prepare for the trial with both defendants. Such time and planning are essential for preparation,” they continued.
“There is simply no doubt that the result of any trial in this case that takes place while a presidential election is still in progress, as well as, more crucially, the defendants’ capacity to get a fair trial, will be affected.”
The New York Times reports that the motion is in reaction to Special Counsel Jack Smith’s request for a December 11 trial date. The case was initially set for August by the judge.