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 Special counsel Jack Smith requests delay in Trump classified documents trial
by Jared Gans - 06/23/23 11:06 PM ET

Special counsel Jack Smith has requested a delay in the classified and sensitive documents trial of former President Trump from August to December.

Smith on Friday filed a request for the start date for the trial be set for Dec. 11, which would be about four months after the initial Aug. 14 date that Judge Aileen Cannon set on Tuesday.

The filing notes that the case will require Trump’s counsel to receive interim security clearances because the case concerns classified information, which will require additional time for the counsel to review and process the evidence that the government has gathered.

Smith’s request also explains that additional time would be needed for legal proceedings under the Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA), which states that parties involved in cases concerning classified information can make a motion for a pretrial conference to consider possible matters that may arise related to the prosecution of the case.

The office also filed a motion to request a pretrial hearing for issues concerning CIPA. The motion states CIPA will govern how the court will oversee the discovery process of classified information and provide a framework for the court to decide the use and admissibility of classified information during the trial.

Smith’s office noted that it has already begun providing all unclassified information to Trump’s counsel earlier this week. The information included evidence obtained through subpoena and search warrants, grand jury testimony, witness interviews, key documents that the government believes are crucial to its case and copies of footage that the government has obtained.

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That will almost certainly be granted.

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What difference does it make?  Smith wants this to drag on until after the election and he has plenty of room to maneuver to make it happen, whenever the trial starts.
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