Ex-President Trump’s attorneys have approached a Florida court, seeking to reschedule the Mar-a-Lago trial to a period extending beyond the 2024 presidential elections, specifically, no earlier than mid-November 2024.
Trump, currently leading the GOP nominee race, has presented multiple reasons for the delay. His legal team expresses concerns over their limited ability to review substantial classified evidence related to the case. The team also highlights challenges stemming from multiple charges against Trump, making it difficult to manage their schedule effectively.
A significant point of contention lies in accessing classified evidence linked to a revised indictment that levied an additional Espionage Act charge against Trump, along with allegations of his attempts to erase security footage from his Florida residence. Trump’s lawyers have pointed out the constraints of a small Miami facility where they need to physically be present to review these sensitive documents. They’re juggling these challenges alongside preparing for Trump’s other trial concerning allegations of attempting to hinder the peaceful transition of power post the 2020 elections.
Lawyers Christopher Kise and Todd Blanche emphasized that the scheduled trial on March 4, 2023, in Washington D.C. practically demands Trump and his legal team to be omnipresent, given the conflicts in the schedule.
While a trial regarding the classified records is slated for May, clashes between Trump’s lawyers and special counsel Jack Smith’s team persist. The latter opposes Trump’s push for delaying the Mar-a-Lago trial, highlighting that such a move could disrupt the court’s established timeline.
In Florida, Trump faces a barrage of charges including 32 counts of violating the Espionage Act for improperly handling documents and a series of other counts associated with obstruction of justice.