Lawyers for former President Donald Trump have asked a judge to postpone his criminal trial without setting a new date, since he is accused of illegal hoarding of classified documents on his Florida property.
In a filing filed Monday night, Trump's defense attorneys called the case "extraordinary," with a wealth of documents and images to review as the former president leads the Republican nomination race to oust President Joe Biden. . They cited challenges selecting jurors and concerns about whether he would get a fair trial if it were scheduled before the November 2024 election.
"The government's request to begin a trial of this magnitude within six months of the impeachment is unreasonable, revealing, and would result in judicial error," says the document filed by Chris Kise, one of Trump's attorneys.
Earlier Monday, Trump's lawyers filed documents saying they have agreed with federal prosecutors to delay a pretrial hearing looking specifically at how classified information is handled in court until next week.
The hearing to discuss the Classified Information Procedures Act had previously been set for Friday. But a lawyer for Trump's valet, Walt Nauta who was indicted along with the former president, said he has another bench trial this week in Washington that prevents him from appearing Friday in South Florida.
The lawyers said in their filing that they can appear at the pretrial conference to go over the 1980 law on July 18, adding that they also consulted with US prosecutors about the date change.
The judge in the case, US District Judge Aileen Cannon, has yet to agree on the new date.
Trump and Nauta were charged in a 38-count indictment with conspiring to conceal classified documents at Mar-a-Lago from federal investigators. Both men have pleaded not guilty.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing and criticized the impeachment as an effort to undermine his bid to retake the White House in 2024.