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 March 2, 2024

Trump classified documents case is expected to be delayed

The classified documents case that former President Donald Trump is facing is now looking as though it is going to be delayed. 

If true, then this would be another significant win for Trump, while it would be a significant loss for President Joe Biden and Special Counsel Jack Smith.

That's unrealistic

According to USA Today, Aileen Cannon, the U.S. District Court judge overseeing the case suggested the timeline that Smith set for the case is unrealistic.

Cannon did so during the hearing that was held on Friday.

"U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon heard arguments in a Florida courtroom over the trial date and other issues in the case, during a hearing that was attended by both Trump and Smith," ABC News reports.

The trial date is currently set for May 20, 2024. But, Cannon made remarks, during the hearing, that suggested that she is  going to push back this date.

USA Today reports, "Cannon did not immediately rule, but hinted that she did not see the case as being on the cusp of a trial, telling lawyers that 'a lot of work remains to be done.'"

Smith's plan

Jack Smith has not hidden the fact that he is looking to get a criminal conviction of Trump before the 2024 presidential election.

The reason why is obvious: Biden and the Democrats want to be able to call Trump a convicted criminal while they campaign for the 2024 election. The hope, of course, is that this would drive voters away from Trump.

Smith and the Democrats' plan, however, was recently dealt a devastating blow.

The Supreme Court agrees

Recently, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Trump's presidential immunity defense to the other case that Smith has brought against Trump, namely, the so-called election interference case that is taking place in Washington, D.C.

Legal experts have explained the significance of this decision, which is that it will more than likely push the trial phase of the case back to after the 2024 presidential election. In other words, Smith and the Democrats may not be going to get their wish - a guilty conviction of Trump before the election.

In addition to this, how the Supreme  Court rules, in this case, could derail just about every criminal case that has been brought against Trump - that is, if the justices decide that Trump is protected from prosecution by the doctrine of presidential immunity.

Now, the big question is how Cannon is going to rule. Will she strike another blow to Smith? We should find out in the coming week.

Written By:
Robert Ayers

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