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FILE PHOTO: Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, U.S. February 28, 2021. REUTERS/Octavio Jones/File Photo

Donald Trump’s Trial Date Set for Alleged Mishandling of Classified Documents

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon has established August 14 as the start date for the criminal trial of former President Donald Trump, who is accused of mishandling classified documents. The trial is scheduled to take place over a two-week period at the federal district court in Fort Pierce, Florida. However, the date is subject to change as Trump’s legal team intends to file requests with the court, which could potentially result in a trial delay.

Trial Date Set for August 14

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Trump’s attorneys are anticipated to file a motion seeking dismissal of the case, along with a potential request to exclude evidence obtained during the Justice Department’s investigation. The success of these efforts remains uncertain.

Judge Cannon emphasized in her order that any request to modify the trial date must include specific details justifying such action. She specifically mentioned the complexity of the case and the process involved in obtaining security clearances. Trump’s lawyers and federal prosecutors have until July 24 to submit pre-trial motions.

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The former president faces a total of 37 federal felony charges related to his handling of sensitive government documents, which were recovered from his South Florida property, Mar-a-Lago, following his departure from the White House in January 2021. Trump pleaded not guilty to all counts during his arraignment last week and was released on his own recognizance. Requests for comments from Trump’s attorney have not been immediately answered.

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This case marks an unprecedented event, as it represents the first instance of federal charges being brought against a former president. The indictment, issued by a federal grand jury earlier this month, stems from the investigation conducted by special counsel Jack Smith into Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified documents.

The charges against Trump include 31 counts of willful retention of classified documents, as well as single counts of conspiracy to obstruct justice, withholding a document or record, corruptly concealing a document or record, concealing a document in a federal investigation, scheme to conceal, and making false statements and representations.

The former president stands accused of retaining 31 government documents pertaining to national defense, nearly all of which carried top secret or secret classification markings. According to the indictment, these records relate to U.S. nuclear weaponry, military planning, and the military capabilities of other nations. The 31 sensitive records were retrieved by federal officials either on June 3, 2022, when Trump’s representatives turned them over in response to a grand jury subpoena, or on August 8, 2022, when the FBI executed a court-authorized search warrant at Mar-a-Lago.