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The Justice Department is contesting former President Trump’s request to postpone his documents trial until post-2024 elections.
Trump’s legal team, managing multiple indictments against him, voiced concerns last week over the extent of classified evidence they’ve been allowed to review and asked for a delay until “at least mid-November 2024.” However, special counsel Jack Smith’s office has countered these claims, stating that “None of the issues raised in the defendants’ motion warrants the continuance they request.”
Central to the case are Trump’s complaints about accessing classified records and the limitations of their review facility in Miami. Yet, the special counsel’s office suggests that Trump’s lawyers are overstating their challenges. “Reports, transcripts, and recordings of interviews with potential witnesses—essentially, the blueprint of the Government’s case-in-chief—have been made available within days of arraignment for all defendants,” they outlined. The government also emphasized that any delays in document access stem from their extreme sensitivity and not from any shortcomings on the part of the special counsel’s office.
While Trump’s team has lamented the inconvenience of commuting between Washington, DC, and Florida, the government has pointed out that they have been able to review sensitive documents in D.C.
Classified documents and boxes recovered from Mar-A-Lago.
This comes as Trump faces charges, including 32 counts of violating the Espionage Act and other related charges, centered on obstructing justice by impeding the return of documents to authorities.