Trump classified documents trial in Florida to begin May 20

Former President Donald Trump’s trial on charges of withholding and concealing classified documents will begin on May 20 in Florida.

The case: Trump faces 37 counts, including over 30 violations of the Espionage Act, related to allegations of withholding national security documents.
* Trump is also charged with making false statements and conspiring to obstruct justice, along with aide Walt Nauta.
* Both Trump and Nauta have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Defense requests: Trump’s lawyers requested for the trial to be delayed until after the 2024 presidential election, citing Trump’s busy schedule and the legal complexity of the case.
* Defense lawyer Todd Blanche argued that Trump’s case was not “like any other” due to its massive volume of evidence of over a million pages and the client’s special status.
* However, this request for delay was contested by the prosecutors.

The prosecution’s stand: Prosecutors insisted on an early trial date and argued against any special treatment for Trump.
* Prosecutor David Harbach stated Trump is a private citizen indicted by a grand jury, thus, should not receive special consideration.
* He refuted the defense’s assertion that press coverage and publicity surrounding the trial was a reason for delay, describing the publicity surrounding Trump as “chronic and almost permanent.”

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