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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Special Counsel Jack Smith on Friday asked a federal judge to postpone the start of previous President Donald Trump’s trial on charges of willful retention of classified federal government records and blockage of justice up until Dec. 11, a court filing revealed.
On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon set a preliminary trial date of Aug. 14.
But Smith, in the filing, stated the Aug. 14 date “would deny counsel for the defendant or the attorney for the Government the reasonable time necessary for effective preparation.”
Trump, who is looking for the Republican election for president for the 2024 election, was arraigned in federal court in Miami recently, throughout which he pleaded innocent to charges he unlawfully kept nationwide security files when he left workplace and lied to authorities who looked for to recuperate them.
The case will require to continue under a rigorous and careful set of guidelines stated in a law referred to as the Classified Information Procedures Act, which intends to safeguard classified proof and handle how such records can be revealed.
In the filing, Smith stated the start of the trial ought to be postponed so Trump’s attorneys have time to get security clearances to evaluate classified files.
Smith set out a schedule in the lead as much as the proposed Dec. 11 start of jury choice, consisting of a Sept. 5 due date for all defense discovery demands.
He stated Trump’s attorneys do not oppose ditching the Aug. 14 trial start date however he expects they will submit a movement opposing the prosecution’s proposed schedule. An attorney for Trump did not instantly react to an ask for remark.