Federal Judge Sets May 2024 Date for Classified Documents Case Involving Former President Donald Trump and Aide Walt Nauta

In a recent court filing, Judge Aileen Cannon officially scheduled the trial for the classified documents case against former President Donald Trump and his aide, Walt Nauta, to commence on May 20, 2024. The trial will take place in the Fort Pierce Division of Florida.

This decision comes in the wake of a dispute between Trump’s legal team, who argued for the trial to be postponed until after the 2024 November election, citing the former president’s reelection campaign.

On the other hand, the prosecution had requested for the trial to start in late 2023. Judge Cannon’s ruling appears to be a middle-ground compromise between the two parties, setting the trial date for 2024, after the election but not as late as the prosecution had requested.

“This extraordinary case presents a serious challenge to both the fact and perception of our American democracy. The Court now presides over a prosecution advanced by the administration of a sitting President against his chief political rival, himself a leading candidate for the Presidency of the United States,” attorneys for Trump and Nauta argued in a filing Monday night.

The May date puts the trial in the middle of the primary season, with the 2024 Republican National Convention scheduled in mid July.

MIAMI, FLORIDA – JUNE 13: Former U.S. President Donald Trump waves as he makes a visit to the Cuban restaurant Versailles after he appeared for his arraignment on June 13, 2023 in Miami, Florida. Trump pleaded not guilty to 37 federal charges including possession of national security documents after leaving office, obstruction, and making false statements. (Photo by Alon Skuy/Getty Images)

Trump and Nauta were indicted in June on charges related to allegedly possessing classified documents at Mar-a-Lago. Trump was indicted on 37 counts, including 31 counts of alleged violation of the Espionage Act, one count of “conspiracy to obstruct justice;” one count of “withholding a document or record;” one count of corruptly concealing a document or record;” one count of “concealing a document in a deferral investigation;” one count of “scheme to conceal;” and one count of “false statements and representations.”

Nauta was charged after allegedly moving documents in Mar-a-Lago after the former president was told to return them.

Both men have pleaded not guilty.

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