The Democrat plan has always been to have Trump’s federal cases stacked up during election season.
That plan took a major hit this week when Judge Aileen Cannon, who was appointed by Trump, denied a motion by Special Counsel Jack Smith.
Smith wanted to put a mid-December deadline on Trump to provide all classified evidence he had planned on using during the trial.
That Would Be a No
All the signs were in place that Cannon plans on pushing the start date of this trial back rather significantly.
The trial is currently slated to start in May 2024, but the denial of this motion now means that Cannon is unlikely to consider any deadlines until the scheduling conference she has set for March 1, 2024.
This is when Trump will now be expected to list such evidence, but that only being two months from the trial date, it could be Smith who needs more time.
To that point, in the motion to support the December deadline, prosecutors stated, "Providing such notice by a set, near-term date will facilitate the completion of CIPA litigation before the May 20, 2024 trial date.”
CIPA is the Classified Information Procedures Act.
This has to be considered a win for Trump, who is hoping to push some of these trials away from the election calendar so as not to interfere with his campaigning.
With the way the schedule is set right now, if they are not able to make the May court date, this could delay the trial until after the election or even possibly into 2025.
If that happens and Trump wins the election, the case may be indefinitely delayed, as I just don’t see them putting a sitting president on trial.
I could be wrong, but it would also be Trump’s DOJ at that point, meaning there would be a strong likelihood the case could be dismissed outright.
We will have to wait for legal experts to chime in on this, as I am not really sure how the legalities of this would play out in such a situation.